A loan of $300 helped to purchase various products for resale.


Korotoumou's story

Born in around 1970 in Ouelessebougou, Korotoumou lives with her four children and her husband in a polygamous family in the district of Ouelessebougou. Korotoumou did not have the opportunity to go to school, and she quickly got involved in income generating activities along with her elder sister - a general trader. Following several years experience with her sister, Korotoumou chose the same business, that is general trading in articles such as beauty products, food products, head jewelry etc. Having fully repaid the first loan, she is on her second loan with Soro Yiriwaso - which will be used to purchase twenty bags of attiéké (sort of couscous made from sweet potatoes), three boxes of hairbrushes, three boxes of toothpaste and two boxes of clothing dye. She buys from wholesalers in Bamako, and makes her sales for both cash and credit, on a retail basis door to door, in the market in Ouelessebougou, and in surrounding fairs - to both male and female customers. Korotoumou hopes to generate a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA which she will use to help her husband with the family's expenses, to repay the loan, and to invest further in her activities.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton



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