A loan of $1,025 helped to buy cereals for resale.

Fatoumata's story

Fatoumata was born around 1957. She is a married mother of seven children, and she lives with her family in the Bougouni district of Massablacoura.

Fatoumata, who never went to school, became involved in income-generating activities at an early age. She has been buying and selling cereals for over seven years, and her experience has made her a popular vendor who is in very high demand in Bougouni.

This is her 4th loan cycle, and all past loans were correctly repaid. She plans to use her loan to buy five tonnes of maize from farmers in Bougouni and surrounding areas. She conducts her sales at retail at the big market of Bougouni, for cash or credit, to a clientele consisting of both men and women.

Fatoumata expects to earn an average monthly profit of 75,000 FCFA, which she will use to cover some of the household expenses and to bolster her activity.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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