A loan of $300 helped to buy clothes for resale.


Djeneba's story

Born in Bamako around 1989, Djeneba lives with her three children and her husband in a monogamous family setting, in the N'tentou neighborhood of the town of Ouelessebougou.

Djeneba did not have the opportunity to go to school, so she got involved in income-generating activities at a very young age, buying and selling Bogolan clothes in particular. ["Bogolan", also called "mud cloth", is a hand-made Malian cotton traditionally dyed with fermented mud].

This is her first loan with Soro Yiriwaso. She will use this loan to buy large quantities of Bogolan fabrics from wholesalers in the village of Dogon. She sells her goods for cash or on credit, from home or at the Ouelessebougou market, to a retail customer base consisting of men and women.

Djeneba hopes to make a monthly profit of 40,000 CFA francs which will be used to help her husband meet the needs of the family, to repay her loan, and to reinvest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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