A loan of $600 helped to buy pagnes.

Salimata's story

Salimata is 46 years old and lives with her spouse and 5 children in a traditional family setting in Fakola, the main town of a rural community. Not having had the opportunity to attend school, Salimata quickly became engaged in revenue-generating activities, namely the buying and selling of clothes and wax pagnes (highly colourful and decorative West African clothing). She is highly valued and much sought out in Fakola and the surrounding area.

Salimata is on her first loan which will be used to buy 15 pieces of wax pagnes of varied quality from the wholesalers in Kolondièba and Bamako. She sells her merchandise for cash, door-to-door and at the markets of Fakola and neighbouring communities, to a retail clientele composed of men and women. Salimata hopes to make a monthly profit of 75 000 francs, which she will use to help her husband provide for the family's needs, repay the loan and reinvest in the business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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