A loan of $750 helped to buy atieké for resale.


Fatoumata's story

Fatoumata is forty-six years old, married and has four children. She lives with her husband and children in a polygamous family in the Hamdallaye neighbourhood of the prefecture of Koutiala, in the region of Sikasso.

Fatoumata has bought and sold atiéké (a dish made from fermented cassava couscous) for fifteen years. Her business is successful, she has a good reputation, and has many customers each day. In order to increase the size of her business, and satisfy the demands of her customers, Fatoumata works with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be her fourth loan with the field partner, and she will use it to buy sacks of atiéké from Ivory Coast. She sells her product for cash, from home and at the market, to both male and female customers.

With the growth of her business, Fatoumata expects to earn 60,000 francs CFA a month, which will be used to pay the interest on her loan, provide for her personal needs and invest in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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