A loan of $700 helped to buy condiments.

Mah's story

Born around 1963 in Sikasso, Ms. Mah is married and mother of four children. She lives with her husband and her children in the Wayerema II neighborhood of the city of Sikasso. After operating a few businesses unsuccessfully, she has been in the income-generating business of buying and selling condiments for over 20 years. She enjoys a great reputation at the Wayerema II market where she has a kiosk. In order to better satisfy the demand of an ever-growing clientele, she decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance organization about five years ago. After four individual loans that were all fully repaid, she is on her fifth individual loan that will enable her to buy 10 buckets of peanut paste, 5 boxes of Maggi, 5 boxes of tomato paste, 10 bags of onions, and 5 boxes of mustard in Sikasso. Ms. Mah sells for cash, retail, and for credit to male and female customers. With this loan, she expects to earn an average monthly profit of 150,000 FCFA that will be used to pay her essential expenses, to contribute to family expenses, and to pay for the interest on her loan. The remaining amount will be invested in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh

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