A loan of $1,050 helped to buy smoked fish.

Brehima's story

Brehima is 41 years old, is married, has six children, and lives with a polygamous family in the town of Koutiala with his family. Brehima stopped school early in order to work like his brothers. After having pursued several business activities without success, Brehima finally went into the buying and selling of smoked fish, [which he has been doing] for 13 years.

In order to increase his business capital and to expand his selling capacity, Brehima decided to join the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso four years ago. This is his seventh individual loan, and his previous loans have all been repaid correctly.

He plans to buy 15 baskets of smoked fish in Korientze (Mopti region) from the Bozo and Somono fishers. He will make his sales at a fish market to a mixed clientele for cash or credit.

With this loan, he hopes to earn 120,000 francs CFA each month, which he will use to pay back his loan to Soro Yiriwaso, support the needs of his family, and reinvest in his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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