A loan of $550 helped to buy calabashes.

Haby's story

Mrs. Haby was born in 1955 in Zingaso. She's married and the mother of six children. She lives with her husband in a traditional family in Hamdallaye, a working class neighborhood in Sikasso, a city in the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali.

Mrs. Haby has been buying and selling calabashes for the last 15 years. She gets her supplies at the market in Bia.

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

This loan will enable her to buy a large quantity of calabashes to retail at her place and at the market, for cash and on credit, to a clientele comprising both men and women.

She foresees turning an average monthly profit of XOF 40'000 (ca US$ 84). One part of it will enable her to repay the loan and interest, the remainder will be put away.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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