A loan of $1,025 helped to buy 270 egg trays.

Mariama's story

Mrs. Mariama, age 46, is married and the mother of five children. She lives in a traditional family in Médine, a neighborhood in Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Having never attended school for social reasons, she was still young when she started working as a saleswoman with her mother during fair days in her village and its surroundings, as did many young women at that time.

She was trained for several years, until her wedding. She then stayed in sales, electing to sell eggs. She's been running this business for ten years, and has a large clientele and a lot of experience. Her strength comes from the quality of her eggs, which are big and without cracks.

In order to bolster her working capital and meet customer demand, she's seeking support from Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso. She's been working with the MFI for 24 months, and obtained and repaid two loans.

She's seeking her third personal loan, to be used to buy 270 egg trays. She gets her supplies locally and sometimes in Bamako.

Mrs. Mariama always sells for cash, to a clientele comprising mostly shop and restaurant handlers. She intends to turn and average monthly profit of XOF 100'000 (ca US$ 200), to be used to repay the loan and take care of some family expenses. Her ambition is to ensure the future of her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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