A loan of $625 helped to buy planks of wood to rent out.

Ousmane's story

Ousmane is a member of a [UIMCEC] branch and lives just a few minutes from it. He has been a mason since 1984. He owns a hardware store, which he opened three years ago, and which is run by his wife.

Ousmane is married and a father of six children, of whom two are from a previous marriage. His children go to school. Some are in high school, the others are in primary school, and the eldest is in sewing classes.

Apart from school-related expenses, Ousmane also must provide for his family's everyday living expenses.

He is seeking a loan of 300,000 francs CFA to buy planks of wood that he will rent out. Thanks to this loan, he can diversify his products and services.

Ousmane wishes to see an increase in his capital so he can buy more planks [of wood], which he will also rent out to maximize his profits.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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