A loan of $600 helped to buy rice.

Maïmouna's story

Mrs. Maimouna is 44 years old, married and the mother of two. She lives in a nuclear family with her husband and children in the Somono district of Ségou (the fourth administrative region of Mali).

Not having attended school for social reasons, she began working as a vendor alongside her mother, who used to sell condiments and cereals. After several years of this apprenticeship, she launched her own business selling cereals. She has been in this business for seven years and has plenty of experience and many customers.

With the goal of meeting customer demand, she reached out to Soro Yiriwaso, with which she has been collaborating for 84 months. After four solidarity loans and five individual loans, all duly reimbursed, she is now on her sixth individual loan, intended for purchasing one ton [2205 lbs] of rice. She stocks up in Niono, Siribala and Dougabougou. Mrs. Maimouna sells for cash and on credit to a customer base composed of both men and women. She plans to earn an average monthly revenue of 90,000 West African francs, which will allow her to stabilize her business. Her goal is to build a house.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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