A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase 'pagne' cloth and perfumes to sell.

Lala Aicha's story

Ms. Lala Aicha is a 44-year-old mother of five. She lives with her husband and children in the Hérémakono Centre district of Bougouni. Not having attended school, she soon starting running revenue-generating businesses. That is how she decided to learn from her sister about buying and selling condiments. With over five years of experience, she has a mastery of this business. After five solidarity loans with a women's association in her district, she decided to take out an individual loan. She is now on her fourth one, and the previous ones were all correctly paid back.

With her new loan, she intends to purchase 15 lengths of 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa) and 3 boxes of perfumes. She gets her supplies in Lomé and from Burkina Faso. Accepting cash from a customer base composed of men and women, she makes her sales retail out of her home and by going door to door.

With this loan, she plans on making a monthly profit of 80,000 francs CFA that will be invested in her business, pay back the loan, and ensure certain family expenses are covered while helping out her husband.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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