A loan of $1,025 helped to buy ingredients for her restaurant business.


Karoline's story

Born around 1974 in Ouelessebougou, Karoline lives with her husband and three children in a nuclear family in the rural area of Ouelessebougou. Unable to continue with her studies, Karoline looked for money making opportunities such as sale of drinks, basic foods and catering. She has fully repaid her first six loans, and this will be her seventh individual loan. Karoline buys her supplies once a week in Bamako, and she will use this loan to buy 60kgs of ingredients, 1 tonne of cereals, tubers and a large quantity of drinks for her restaurant business. Karoline expects to earn a monthly average of 100,000 francs CFA which she will use to repay her loan and reinvest in her business. in the future, she intends to use the services of the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso, to open further restaurants in other areas as the need arises.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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