A loan of $525 helped to buy a donkey and a cart.

Souleymane's story

Souleymane is a young and very ambitious furniture maker with more than ten years of experience. He's married and the father of one child, who was born less than one year ago.

He just renewed his loan for the same amount. In his workshop located in his neighborhood, he currently has four apprentices who help him with his work. His clientele extends outside of his region, since he regularly gets orders from other parts of the country.

After renewing some tools and small materials with the previous loan, he intends to use the new one to buy a donkey and a cart for XOF 45'000 and XOF 97'000, respectively. This will make getting wood supplies and delivering orders easier. The remainder will be used to buy trunks to be sawed and used to make furniture in order to fulfill his commitments.

With his profits, he still has the ambition to make his business more professional, while supporting his mother in handling the family's needs.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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