A loan of $600 helped to purchase shea butter and 'pagne' cloth to sell.

Rokia's story

Rokia, aged 45, lives with her three children and her husband in a nuclear family in Kolondièba, the main town of a Commune Rurale. She is a teacher at a Koranic school. Rokia soon became interested in revenue-generating businesses, especially in the buying and selling of shea butter, clothing, and 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa). She is much in demand and appreciated in and around Kolondièba.

Rokia is on her fifth loan, which will be used to purchase 5 tonnes of shea butter from villagers and 5 lengths of wax 'pagne' cloth of different qualities from wholesale merchants in Kolondièba and in Bamako. She makes her sales in cash to a private company in Senegal.

Rokia hopes to make a monthly profit of 90,000 francs CFA that will be used to help her husband cover family expenses, to repay the loan, and to reinvest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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