A loan of $975 helped to buy condiments and fish.

Mariam's story

Mariam is 26 years old, married, and mother of two children. She lives in a traditional family in the Pelengana commune of Ségou (fourth largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali).

Mariam stopped attending school in her second year of secondary school (Malian education system) to sell condiments and fish (smoked, dried, etc.). She started off working alongside her mother, who sold fish. With eight years of experience, she is very well-known and has many customers. She receives lots of orders from many different places.

Her fish and condiments are carefully protected from the flies and mosquitoes. Always armed with a fan at the market, she is constantly fanning her goods to make sure that not even one mosquito or fly can touch them.

In order to increase her capital so that she can meet the demand of her customers and strengthen her business, Mariam turned to Soro Yiriwaso. She has been working with Soro Yiriwaso for 36 months now. She has correctly repaid three individual loans. She is now on her fourth individual loan, which she plans to use to buy 1 bag of pepper, 1 bag of garlic, and 1 box of smoked fish. She stocks up in Siribala and Niono.

Mariam sells her goods for cash or credit to a predominantly female clientele. With this loan, she plans to earn a monthly profit of 100,000 FCFA, which she will use to cover some of her family's expenses. Her goal is to have a house.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry

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