A loan of $650 helped to purchase sewing supplies.

Yacouba's story

Mr. Yacouba [was born] in Alpe (Republic of Cote d’Ivoire). He resides in Fana City, Commune de Guégnéka, in the Banankabougou district with his father in a traditional family. He is a married father of one child. For societal reasons, Mr. Yacouba dropped out of school early in order to get started in revenue-generating businesses. He is currently the owner of a tailoring shop.

To diversify his business, he started off in the commerce of sewing supplies, a business he has been operating on his own for eight years. He gets his supplies of merchandise practically each week from suppliers in Bamako. The sales are made retail and in cash in his shop located on the roadside not far from his home. His customer base is composed essentially of tailors.

Thus, to organize his business better, Mr. Yacouba decided to collaborate with the the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and is now on his third loan, which will be used to purchase sewing supplies. He envisions making an average monthly profit of 80,000 francs CFA, which will be reinvested in his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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