A loan of $725 helped to purchase a variety of goods to sell.

Rokia's story

Born in Koutiala, Ms. Rokia is 35 years old, married, and the mother of six children. She lives in a polygamous family with her co-wives, husband, and their children in Koutiala (Région de Sikasso). Rokia did not have the chance to be educated, which justification for her interest in revenue-generating businesses, that is, buying and selling Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa), shoes, henna, and more, for several years. She is much in demand by her customers.

To increase the size of her business and to satisfy her customers, she decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso four years ago. She has taken out solidarity loans (group loans), all properly repaid, and is now on her fourth individual loan.

With this new loan, she intends to purchase inventories of merchandise, including 10 rolls of Wax 'pagne' cloth and 5 dozen shoes. She gets her supplies in Bamako and Koutiala. Accepting cash or credit, she sells to a customer base composed of women in general in Koutiala City.

She plans on making a monthly profit of 70,000 francs CFA that will be used to make her payments, help cover day-to-day family expenses, and pursue her business with the rest.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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