A loan of $475 helped to buy food products from Mauritania in order to resell them in front of her house, where she has her stand.

Fatoumata Bintou's story

Mrs. Fatoumata Bintou lives within walking distance from our office. She is divorced, with three children. In addition to her own children, she has two other dependents. For over 10 years, Mrs. Fatoumata has been in commerce: she buys food products such as milk, corned beef, sliced pineapples and dates. Her products come from Mauritania. She is seeking a credit of 250,000 [West African Francs] in order to buy more food products and increase her revenues. She plans to use her income to put money away as savings and provide for everyday family needs. Her goal is to open a large grocery store.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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