A loan of $400 helped to buy ingredients to make juices.

Fatoumata's story

Madame Fatoumata is 62, married, and the mother of five children. She lives in a traditional family with her husband, her co-spouse, and her children and grandchildren in the second district of Segou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali.)

Not having been at school for certain reasons, her parents being too conservative, she began petty trade together with her mother who sold cotton clothing. After several years passed at her mother's side, Madame Fatoumata went out on her own, selling fruit juice and ice. She has been in the same business for 20 years and is well-known for it. She constantly receives orders when there are important ceremonies (marriages, baptisms, funerals, etc.)

To make her juice she uses sugar, ginger, tamarind (a highly regarded exotic fruit), envelopes of vanilla sugar and juice powder (banana and orange). All this is mixed into three liters of water to obtain an excellent flavor. The drink she makes in this way is put into carefully washed jerrycans, which are finally put in the refrigerator to cool.

Wishing to grow her stock of ingredients so as to meet the demand of her clientele during this holy season of fasting, she is asking for another loan. She has been dealing with the institution for 72 months and has correctly reimbursed four solidarity loans and four individual loans. She is on her fifth individual loan which she intends to use to buy three sacks of sugar and six cartons of juice powder. She buys her ingredients right where she lives and works.

Madame Fatoumata sells for cash and credit to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make a monthly profit of 75,000 F CFA which will be used to reimburse her loan and pay her electric bills.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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