A loan of $300 helped to buy medicine.


Sebe's story

Sébé is 37 years old, married and the mother of one child. She lives with her spouse in a polygamous family in Torakabougou, one of the districts of Bougouni town (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). After having completed a health training course, Sébé quickly got into buying and selling pharmaceutical products, which she has been doing for 7 years. She enjoys a good reputation, with so much experience in her line of work.

After one individual loan, which has been properly repaid, she is on her second loan which will be used to buy 2 boxes of anti-malarial products, 1 box of medicine for respiratory diseases, 1 box of antibiotics and 5 litres of alcohol. Her main supply source is in Bamako, Mali's capital city. She makes her sales in her pharmacy in Bougouni to a retail clientèle made up of men and women, for cash or occasionally credit to those customers who are close to her. With the help of this new loan, she expects to make a monthly profit of 30 000 francs. She will use part of this profit to cover most of her expenses, including family expenditures and the loan interest, and she will reinvest the rest in her business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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