A loan of $1,050 helped to buy various products for sale in his shop.

Dramane's story

Dramane was born around 1977. He is married, has four children and lives in a large, traditional family in Wayerma I, a popular district of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Dramane has unsuccessfully tried many ways to earn money. Four years ago he started to buy and sell white damask fabric, caustic soda, dyes, potash, etc. He runs a small shop in Wayerma I, and is much sought after by his customers for the high quality of his products.

As his customer levels rose, and in order to satisfy their demands, Dramane started working with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso, three years ago. This will his seventh loan. All the previous loans were fully and correctly repaid. He will use this loan to buy 33 packets of caustic soda, 30 pieces of white damask fabric, 10 sacks of potash and 10 boxes of different coloured dyes. He buys his supplies in Bamako and sells mostly to women dyers in Sikasso.

Dramane expects to earn a profit of 70,000 francs CFA a month, which he will use to increase his working capital, contribute to the expenses of his family, repay the loan and interest and reinvest in his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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