A loan of $850 helped to buy sewing machines and fabrics.

Almoudou's story

Mister Almoudou, born in Dianke, is married, and the father of four daughters. He lives with his wife and their children as a traditional family. They reside in Medine, one of the popular neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso, in the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali.

Mister Almoudou did not get the opportunity to continue school, and instead was initiated into sewing by his uncle at a young age, over thirty years ago. His workshop is located in Sikasso’s great market. Most of his clientele is male, with many fair merchants. With such a long experience in his domain, he enjoys the complete trust from his profession, which earned him the presidency of the Surveillance Committee of the Sikasso Tailors’ Association (A.T.S.). In addition to tailoring, he purchases sewing machines in Lome (Republic of Togo) and men’s fabrics that he retails cash or credit to other Sikasso tailors.

In order to meet the ever-growing demand, he is requesting this seventh loan from micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. This seventh individual loan will allow him to purchase twelve sewing machines and twenty pieces of fabric.

With this loan, he is planning on a monthly profit of 150,000 XOF. With the profit, he will pay for his personal expenses, contribute to the family’s expenses, pay the loan interests, and reinvest in his workshop.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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