A loan of $400 helped to buy cereals.

Fatoumata's story

Born around 1965, Fatoumata lives with her six children and her husband in an extended traditional family in the rural community of Ouelessebougou.

Fatoumata became interested in income-generating activities at an early age, working with her aunt who sold a bit of this and that. After her years of experience with her aunt, Fatoumata decided to sell cereals: peanuts, "niébé" (cowpeas) , millet, "fonio" (a kind of millet), maize, hibiscus flowers, etc.

After having correctly reimbursed her three preceding loans, Fatoumata is on her fourth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. She will use it to buy 100 sacks of millet from the farmers who produce it (in Diako, Tiélé and Bancouman) and on rare occasions from local wholesalers. She sells her merchandise retail, for cash or credit, at the marketplace of Ouelessebougou and at the big bi-weekly fairs in the area, to a clientele composed essentially of consumers.

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

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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