A loan of $500 helped to buy 5 lengths of pagne [traditional, colorful fabric] and 5 dozen ready-to-wear outfits.

Mariam's story

Mariam is married and a mother of two children, who go to school. The oldest is 15 years old and the youngest is 12 years old. She is doing well. She has three people under her care.

Mariam has been selling pagne [traditional, colorful fabric] and children's ready-to-wear clothes for 10 years. She buys her goods at the sector 10 market in town. Her customers are from all over town, because she moves around [to sell her goods].

She wants to buy five lengths of pagne and five dozen ready-to-wear outfits. She wants to use the profits she makes to increase her business and to help her husband with the household expenses.

Mariam has the ambition to grow her business and open a pagne shop, and to ensure the schooling and the future of her children.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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