A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothing.


Djelika's story

Born around 1976 in Bamako, Djelika lives with her six children and her husband in an extended traditional family in the rural community of Ouelessebougou. Not having had the good fortune to pursue her schooling, Djelika quickly turned to earning income, primarily by buying and selling various items: clothing, "wax" African prints, necklaces, shoes, earrings, chains, etc. After having correctly reimbursed the five prior loans, Djelika is on her sixth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. She will use the loan to buy 10 lengths of African print cloth, 5 dozen pairs of shoes, 4 dozen necklaces and 3 dozen pairs of earrings from wholesalers in Bamako. She sells retail, for cash or credit, out of her home and in the marketplace of Ouelessebougou to a clientele composed of men and women.

Djelika hopes to make a monthly profit of 100,000 F CFA which will be used to help her husband support the family, to repay the loan, and to reinvest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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