A loan of $800 helped to buy supplies to make and sell juices.

Rokia's story

Rokia is a 50-year-old married woman and the mother of three children. She lives with her husband and children in the "Hérémakono Nord" neighborhood of Bougouni.

Rokia left school after having attended five years of primary school (Malian educational system), and she decided to get involved in income-generating activities. She followed her sister's footsteps and learned from her how to prepare and sell fruit juices and ice-creams. She has been involved in this activity for over ten years now and has become very proficient in her field. Her products are in high demand in her neighborhood.

Rokia was introduced to Soro Yiriwaso by a solidarity association in her neighborhood. After taking four solidarity loans, and given the expansion of her business, she decided to apply for individual loans. Rokia is now taking her third individual loan. She has been a client of Soro Yiriwaso for seven years and has never experienced any repayment difficulty. All her loans were duly repaid.

She is planning to buy two bags of sugar, one box of vanilla sugar, 35 kg of ginger and one 50-kg bag of dah (a species of hibiscus used in infusions). She buys her supplies at the Bougouni and Sikasso markets. Rokia's employees sell her juices from home, at the market, in front of schools and in various neighborhoods of Bougouni.

With this loan, Rokia is expecting monthly profits to reach 60,000 CFA francs. She is also planning to expand her business and to build a house to live in.

Translator profile picture

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details