A loan of $850 helped to purchase clothing to sell.


Massaba's story

Born in 1960 in N’PIEBOUGOU, MASSABA lives with her eight children and husband in a traditional families in the SEGUESSONA district of Ouelessebougou City. Not having had the chance to advance in her studies, MASSABA soon became interested in revenue-generating businesses, especially in buying and selling clothing from Bamako and Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa) from Lomé (in Togo).

MASSABA is on her third loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso. It will be used to purchase 50 lengths of Wax 'pagne' cloth from wholesalers. Accepting cash or credit, she sells retail to a customer base composed of men and women at home, at the market, and at surrounding fairs (Sido, Sélingué, Keleya). MASSABA hopes to make a monthly profit of 90,000 francs CFA that will be used to help her husband to meet family needs, pay back the loan, and reinvest in the business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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