A loan of $800 helped to buy some fabrics (to be sewn and sold), and to buy cosmetics and shoes.

Fatou's story

Fatou has been involved in retail business for three years. Her business consists in selling outfits and clothes sewn by a commissioned tailor. She also sells cosmetics and shoes.

Fatou is divorced and the mother of four children (three boys and one girl). It is the third time that she is taking a loan, this time in the amount of 400,000 CFA francs. She will divide the loan into two parts, one of which will be used to buy fabrics and dressmaking supplies, and to pay for the tailor's labor; the other to buy shoes and cosmetics products.

Fatou contributes to the daily expenses of the family, as she is currently living with her parents. She works as an itinerant seller, displaying her merchandise as she goes. She works from 8 AM until 4 PM.

In the future, she would like to open her own workshop, to buy sewing machines and to permanently employ some tailors.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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