A loan of $600 helped buy clothing and footwear.


Fatoumata Dite Tata's story

Mrs. Fatoumata aka Tata is 37 years old, married with four children. She lives with her ​​husband and children in the Bagadadji district of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

She dropped out of school in 6th grade (Malian educational system) to begin retail trading with her mother who sold clothing and footwear at the market in Kati. After several years of learning at her side, she became able to manage the workings of small retail businesses.

Subsequently, she evolved on her own to conduct the same business as her mother. She has been selling clothes for 17 years and enjoys a high reputation in the area. Her sales strength comes from her mastery of the activity and in particular her ability to retain customers.

With the aim of increasing her business to make more profit. she approached Soro Yiriwaso 36 months ago. After three individual loans fully repaid, this is her fourth loan she will use to buy 10 sets of embroidered clothes, 10 pairs of shoes and 10 full sets of clothes.

She resupplies in Bamako and Burkina Faso. Mrs. Fatoumata aka Tata sells for cash and credit to a clientele mostly composed of women and men.

With this loan, she expects a monthly income of 90,000 FCFA. This profit will allow her to pay off her short-term loans and participate in social events (baptisms, weddings, etc.).

Her ambition is to become an international trader.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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