A loan of $425 helped to purchase fabric for resale during the holiday of Tabaski.


Dado's story

Dado, a lady of 47 years of age, is married and mother of two daughters. She has been an active merchant for over 20 years. She embraced her small business very early on, and in that time she most often sold beads and incense. Wanting to benefit from the approaching holidays, Dado decided to renew her loan in order to buy fabrics to resell for the holiday of Tabaski, while also continuing her business of selling incense and beads. She sells her merchandise between 9 am and 1 pm, and between 4 pm and 7 pm. She sells her merchandise on foot and sometimes provides her services for religious ceremonies such as baptisms, weddings... With the revenue she earns from her business, Dado can diversify the products and services she sells, and pay for breakfast for her children. Dado's children are girls, and in African culture girls are destined for marriage, and for leaving the parental home to join the marital home. With this in mind, Dado wants to have her own home that she can pass on to her children so they will be free from want.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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