A loan of $500 helped to buy various goods such as ten sets of "pagnes" (colorful West-African fabrics) and some boxes of jewelry.

Salimata's story

Born around 1966 in Divo, in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Salimata now resides in the town of Kolondièba (prefecture of the third administrative region of Mali). She lives with her husband and her seven children in a traditional family.

Salimata developed an interest for income-generating activities at an early age. She became particularly interested in buying and selling wax "pagnes" (colorful West-African fabrics) as well as various other goods (jewelry, perfumes, eggs etc.) Her products are in high demand, especially on market days.

With ten years of experience in her field, she is collaborating with Soro Yiriwaso in order to boost her business and meet the needs of an increasing number of customers. She has repaid a previous loan and is now taking her second loan.

Salimata plans to use her loan to buy ten sets of "pagnes" and some boxes of jewelry. She buys her merchandise in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and from wholesalers in the town of Kolondièba. She sells for cash and on a retail basis, and sometimes for credit, at the market. She also sells with her family and door to door. Her customer base consists of men and women.

Salimata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 30,000 CFA francs, which will be used to meet her family's needs and to repay her loan. Part of her profits will also be reinvested in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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