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Ms. Coumba is 68 years old, married, and the mother of five children. She lives with her husband and children in the Darsalam district of Ségou. Not having attended school for societal reasons, she soon started to work in revenue-generating businesses along with her mother, who used to sell onions. After several years of apprenticeship at her side, she was finally on her own working in the same business. She receives orders from Bamako, where she has many customers.

With the goal of increasing her working capital for coping with customer demands, she turned toward the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso, with which she has been associated for thirty months. After one solidarity loan and two individual loans, all paid back, she is now on her third individual loan, which she plans to use for buying a tonne of onions. She gets her supplies in Burkina Faso.

Ms. Coumba accepts cash or credit for sales to a customer base composed of men and women. She envisions making a monthly profit of 75,000 francs CFA. This will enable her to cover family expenses and to make her business sustainable.
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Madame Coumba est âgée de 68 ans, mariée et mère de 5 enfants. Elle vit son mari avec ses enfants dans le quartier Darsalam de Ségou.
N’ayant pas fréquenté pour des raisons sociales, elle commença très tôt à faire les activités génératrices de revenus auprès de sa mère qui vendait des oignons. Après plusieurs années d’apprentissage à son côté, elle finit par évoluer seule pour exercer le même commerce.
Elle reçoit de la commande venant de Bamako où elle a beaucoup de clientes.
Dans le but d’augmenter son fonds de commerce pour faire face à la demande clientèle, elle a fait recours à Soro Yiriwaso avec qui elle est en relation depuis 30 mois. Après 1 prêt solidaire et 2 prêts individuels tous bien remboursés, elle est à son 3ème prêt individuel qu’elle compte utiliser pour acheter 1 tonne d’oignon, elle s’approvisionne au Burkina Faso.
Madame Coumba vend au comptant et à crédit à une clientèle composée d’hommes et de femmes. Elle envisage réaliser un bénéfice mensuel 75.000 FCFA, ce dernier lui permet de prendre en charge les dépenses familiales et de pérenniser son commerce.

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Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

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  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 44
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,975,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 541.4
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD