A loan of $800 helped to purchase various products.

Rokia's story

Born in 1981 in Bamako, Rokia lives with her four children and spouse in a monogamous family in the catholic mission neighborhood of Ouelessebougou. Rokia has not had the opportunity to advance her education, as she became very quickly interested in income-generating activities, taking after her older sister who had been doing business trading miscellaneous articles.

Rokia, after years of experience in this business, opted to pursue the same activity selling various products: i.e. beauty, food, ornamental products, etc.

After having properly repaid her two previous loans, Rokia is on her third loan through Soro Yiriwaso, which will be used to purchase 20 sacks of attiéké [dish prepared from cassava], 3 cartons of tooth- and hairbrushes, 3 cartons of toothpaste and 2 cartons of blue ([dye] for garments). She buys her stock from wholesalers in the area, and makes sales in cash and credit, as well as online from her home and in the market of Ouelessebougou, among others in the area, to a mixed clientele.

Rokia hopes to earn a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA, which she will use to aide her husband in providing for the family, to pay back her loan, as well as reinvestment in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Michael Mszanski

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