A loan of $600 helped to buy "pagnes".

Safiatou's story

Safiatou is 22 years old, married and mother to two children. She lives with her husband in a traditional family in the Heremakono Nord district of Bougouni.

After her marriage she began a small business selling clothes, "pagnes" (pieces of colorful fabric) and linen sets. With five years' experience she now enjoys a significant reputation. Her sales strength is her affordable prices but also her good business sense.

With a view to boosting her business and satisfy customer demand, she is turning to Soro Yiriwaso, and is on her first individual loan with the institution. She plans to use her loan to buy 10 "pagnes wax" (highly decorative pieces of colorful fabric) and one roll of embroidered "pagne". She gets her supplies from wholesalers in Bamako.

Safiatou sells for cash and on credit, to a customer base made up primarily of women, at the market and from home. She expects to make a monthly profit of 40,000FCFA, which will be used to help her husband with the family expenses and to reinvest in her business. Her ambition is to become a wholesaler in this business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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