A loan of $425 helped to buy clothing.

Sira's story

Mrs. Sira is 35 years old, married, and the mother of four children. She lives with her husband and children in the married camp in Ségou.
Having left school at the fifth level of primary school (in the Malian education system) to get married, she began working to earn money very early with jobs such as selling ice cream, clothing, and fruit juices. She chose to sell clothes about 8 years ago. She benefits from a faithful clientele of mostly military wives, as she is one herself.
In the hopes of raising her working capital in order to meet the demands of her customers, she has applied for a loan through Soro Yiriwaso, with whom she has had a relationship for 30 months, after having received one joint loan and two individual loans, all of which have been fully repaid. She is on her third individual loan. She plans to use this loan to buy two bundles of Wax pagnes (brightly colored cloth used to make clothing). She gets her supplies in Bamako.
Mrs. Sira sells for cash and credit to a clientele of men and women. She plans to make a monthly profit of 45,000 FCFA, which will allow her to take care of family expenses and to keep her business running.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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