A loan of $1,000 helped buy lengths of bazin fabric.

Djeneba's story

Djeneba is 39 years old, married without children. She lives in a nuclear family in the South Pelengana neighborhood of Segou.

She did not attend school for social reasons (coming from a family deeply rooted in traditional values), so very early on she began to pursue income-generating activities alongside her mother who sold dyed cotton clothes in the banco style called Bogolan. After several years of learning at her side, she decided to opt for trading Bazin fabric because it is very popular in the marketplace.

She has been doing this for the past 10 years and has acquired an extensive experience and a large customer base. Her selling strength is due to her mastery of the inner workings in this sector, but also to her affordable prices and the quality of her goods.

In order to increase her working capital and make more profit, she is requesting a new loan. After a first individual loan was repaid properly, she is on her 2nd individual loan she will use to buy two pieces of "bazin riche" (high-quality bazin fabric, 100% cotton).

She resupplies in Bamako and resells cash to a mixed clientele. She also often participates in exports to Senegal.

With this loan she hopes to obtain monthly profits of 150,000 FCFA. The profits will enable her to repay her loan and contribute towards family expenses. Her ambition is to open a shop selling ready-to-wear clothes.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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