A loan of $600 helped to buy clothing and wax cloths to sell.


Massaba's story

Born in 1960 in N'piebougou, Massaba lives with her eight children and her spouse in a traditional family in the Seguessona neighborhood in the town of Ouelessebougou.

Not having had the chance to advance her education, Massaba quickly became interested in income-generating activities, notably buying and selling clothing from Bamako and wax cloths from Lomé, Togo.

Massaba is on her second loan with Soro Yiriwaso, which will be used to buy 50 pieces of wax cloth from wholesalers. She makes her sales in cash and on credit from her home, in the Ouelessebougou market, and at trade fairs in the surrounding neighborhoods of Sido, Sélingué, and Keleya to a male and female clientèle.

Massaba hopes to make a monthly profit of 100,000 FCFA, which will be used to help her husband support the family's needs, repay the loan, and reinvest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Brianne S



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