A loan of $850 helped to buy wood for constructon.

Hawa's story

Ms. Hawa T. is 43 years old and the mother of two. She lives with her husband and children in a monogamous family in the Médine district of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). From her earliest years, she devoted herself to income-generating work to assist her parents in supporting her family. Once she became of age, she opted at the age of 15 to do commerce in lumber. Settled in at the Médine marketplace on one of the busiest boulevards in town, and being the only woman busy selling lumber, Ms. Hawa T. is a focus of curiosity and unusual fame in Ségou.

In order to better stand up to the competition, in a sector dominated by men, she decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso three years ago. She is on her second individual loan, after having settled four group loans (solidarity loans), which were all correctly repaid. She intends to use this loan to buy 1,500 pieces of lumber in Zantiguila (one of the marketplaces for lumber located on the edge of a closed forest) from woodsmen traders authorized by the government of Mali. With customers made up exclusively of wholesalers from big cities, Ms. Hawa T. generally makes her sales in cash and rarely on credit. She envisions realizing a profit per cycle (lasting four weeks on average) of 100,000 francs which enables her to come to the aid of her elderly mother

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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