A loan of $300 helped to buy 150 pairs of plastic shoes made from different quality plastics, 5 cartons of powdered soap and 4 bales of brooms.


Rokiatou's story

Rokiatou was born around 1991 in Niéna. She is single, without children, and lives with her sister in a nuclear family in Hamdallaye, one of the neighborhoods of the town of Sikasso.

For about 3 years Rokiatou has been managing a business buying and selling plastic shoes, brooms, powdered soaps, etc. She manages her business from home and as a travelling saleswoman in the town of Sikasso where she is much requested by her clientèle because of the quality of her products. To satisfy her clientèle which is growing more and more, she decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with which she is on her first individual loan.

She plans to buy 150 pairs of plastic shoes made from different quality plastics, 5 cartons of powdered soap and 4 bales of brooms. She buys her merchandise on the Ivory Coast and in Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso before reselling it retail for cash and credit to a clientèle mostly made up of women.

With this loan she envisions making a monthly profit of 85,000 FCFA which will be used to contribute to the family expenses, pay the interest on her loan and invest the rest in her business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason



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