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

Mariam's story

Mariam is 45 years old and lives with her husband and 2 children in a traditional, extended family setting in Fakola, the main town of a rural community. Not having had the opportunity to attend school, Mariam quickly became interested in revenue-generating activities, notably the buying and selling of dried and smoked fish. She is highly regarded and much sought-after in Fakola and the surrounding region by restaurateurs and housewives.

Having correctly repaid her first loan, Mariam is on her second, which will be use to buy 5 large baskets of fish from the Republic of Senegal. She sells her wares for cash or credit, door-to-door and at the markets of Fakola and surrounding communities, to a customer base comprised of men and women. Mariam hopes to make a monthly profit of 200 000 francs which she will use to support her husband with the household needs, repay the loan and reinvest in her business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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