A loan of $1,000 helped to buy some smoked fish.

Brehima's story

Brehima is 41 years old and he lives with his wife and his six children in the city of Koutiala.

He left school very early and, at a young age, he became interested in income-generating activities, which he learned from his brothers. After being involved in several unsuccessful activities, he finally decided to buy and sell smoked fish 13 years ago. He decided to join Soro Yiriwaso four years ago to increase his business and boost his sales capacity. He has duly repaid five previous loans and is now taking his sixth individual loan.

Brehima is planning to buy 10 baskets of smoked fish in Korientzé (Mopti region) from Bozo and Somonô fishermen [Bozo and Somonô people are ethnic groups predominantly located along the Niger river in Mali]. He sells his merchandise at the Koutiala fish market, for cash and sometimes on credit, to both men and women.

Thanks to this loan, he is expecting to make a monthly profit of 100,000 CFA francs, which will be used to pay off Soro Yiriwaso's interest and to meet the needs of his family. The rest of the money will be reinvested into his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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