A loan of $850 helped to buy 30 "wax pagnes" (colorful African cloth) and 20 pairs of women's shoes.

Aminata's story

Mrs. Aminata was born in Sikasso in 1971. She's divorced and the mother of two children. She lives in Attbougou, a social housing in Sikasso, third administrative region of the republic of Mali.

She's been buying and selling "wax pagnes" (colorful African cloth) and shoes for five years.

In order to satisfy the needs of an ever-increasing clientele, she's seeking a fourth loan from Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso.

She gets her supplies in Bamako and in Bobo. This loan will enable her to buy 30 lengths of "wax pagnes" and twenty pairs of women's shoes.

She sells for cash and on credit to a clientele comprising both men and women. She works as a traveling saleswoman.

She foresees turning an average monthly credit of XOF 40'000 (ca US$ 80), which will enable her to repay the loan and interests. The remainder will be put away.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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