A loan of $500 helped to buy wax pagnes, embroidered fabrics, chain necklaces, earrings, etc. for resale.

Aminata's story

Aminata, age 42, is a married mother of two children. They live together in a nuclear family in ATTbougou, a working-class district of the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Having attempted several activities without success, Aminata started to buy and sell clothing and jewelry (wax pagnes, embroidered fabrics, chain necklaces, earrings, etc.) over five years ago. She buys her stock in Bobo Dioulasso (in Burkina Faso) and conducts her sales door-to-door to a clientele consisting mainly of women. She is in high demand due to the quality of her merchandise.

To meet the needs of a growing customer base, she joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and is now seeking her second individual loan.
This new loan will help her to buy 15 wax pagnes, 10 sets of embroidered fabrics, 20 packs of chain necklaces, and 15 packs of earrings.

She expects to earn a monthly profit of 95,000 FCFA, which she will use to bolster her working capital, to help with the family expenditures, and to pay the loan interest.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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