A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase food products.

Issa's story

Born in 1970 in the Nimporodioula district of Sikasso, Issa is polygamous with 4 wives and 6 children. He lives with his four wives and their children in Medine, one of the more popular neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso. After having tried several other businesses, such as agriculture, without success, Issa quickly immersed himself in the business of stocking and reselling bulk quantities of sugar, shea nuts, and cereals, has been doing so for the last 10 years.

Issa has a solid reputation and receives many orders from outside the region, but he lacks the necessary resources to be able to meet all these requests. As a result, he began working with Soro Yiriwaso around four years ago and has already received four loans, all of which were fully repaid.

In order to better meet his growing customers' needs, Issa is requesting his fifth loan which will allow him to purchase 20 bags of sugar, 4 loads of corn, 15 bags of millet and 15 bags of shea nuts. He stocks up in the surrounding regions of Sikasso to be able to stock his store, and to eventually send the supplies to Abidjan and Bobo Dioulasso (located in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, respectively) upon orders from sugar and shea butter factories. The cereals are sold on site at both wholesale and retail.

With this loan, Issa plans on earning a monthly profit of 275,000 francs CFA. With the profit earned, he hopes to take care of his essential expenses, those of his family, paying off the interest on his loan, and investing the rest in his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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