A loan of $900 helped buy pagnes and cups.


Awa's story

Awa was born around 1956 in Tougan (Burkina Faso), She lives with her ​​five children in the concession belonging to her late husband, located in Nimbougou, part of the Kadiolo subdivision (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Awa is a trained midwife and a widow who has been trading pagnes (colorful West-African fabric) and cups for over 25 years. She pursues her activities in her family in Nimbougou and in Loulouni, city where she is much sought after by her clients for the quality of her products and her credibility.

To satisfy her increasing number of customers she joined the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution almost 5 years ago, She is on her third individual loan cycle. Previous loans have been fully repaid.

She intends to buy 10 pieces of pagne wax and a few dozen cups from wholesalers.

With this loan she expects an average monthly profit of 100,000 FCFA part of which will be used to pay the interest on the loan and the other part will be put into savings.

Her ambition is to buy some cattle and build a few rooms in her courtyard.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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