A loan of $400 helped to buy clothes for resale.


Farima's story

Born around 1977 in Bangassi, Farima lives with her three children and her husband in a polygamous family setting, in the N'tentou neighborhood of the town of Ouelessebougou. Farima 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 used clothing and damask "pagnes" in particular (colorful West-African fabrics). Having duly repaid a previous loan, Farima is taking her second loan with Soro Yiriwaso. She will use her loan to buy two bales of used clothing and 20 sets of damask fabrics from wholesalers. 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. Farima is hoping to make a monthly profit of 80,000 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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