A loan of $1,000 helped to buy clothing.

Fatoumata's story

Born around 1980 in Ouelessebougou, Fatoumata lives with her four children and her husband in a monogamous family in the N’tentou district of the town of Ouelessebougou.

Since she did not have the good fortune to pursue her studies, Fatoumata quickly became interested in income-earning activities, especially buying and selling clothing coming from Morocco and "wax" African print cloth from Lomé (Togo).

After having correctly reimbursed her first four loans, Fatoumata is on her fifth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. She will use it to buy 100 lengths of "wax" print cloth from wholesalers. She sells retail, for cash or credit, out of her home and in the marketplace of Ouelessebougou and in the big bi-weekly markets nearby (Sido, Sélingué, Keleya and Tièlé) to a clientele composed of men and women.

Fatoumata hopes to make a monthly profit of 40,000 F CFA which will be used to help her husband support their family, to reimburse the loan, and to reinvest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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