A loan of $600 helped to buy rice.

Diomene's story

Diomene is 58 years old, married and mother to eight children. She lives in a nuclear family with her husband and children in the Missira district of Ségou (the Republic of Mali's fourth administrative region).

Since she did not go to school for social reasons, she began trading at her mother's side, selling "Dolo", a locally-made alcoholic drink. After several years being an apprentice to her mother, she began developing her own activities and ended up trading in cereals, mainly rice. She has been carrying out this activity for the past 30 years and enjoys significant experience in this field.

In order to strengthen her business and meet customer demand, she turned to Soro Yiriwaso and has had a relationship with it for the past 24 months. After two individual loans which have been fully repaid, she is now on her third individual loan with which she is planning to buy seven sacks of rice. She gets her supplies in the Office area of Niger (Niono, Dougabougou and Seribala).

Diomene sells for cash and on credit to a customer base made up of women and men. With this loan she is expecting to make a monthly profit of 100,000FCFA which will be used to cover some of the family's expenses and to repay her loan.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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