A loan of $525 helped to buy sacks of bean, boxes of spaghetti and condiments.

Salimata's story

Mrs. Salimata Konaté is 32 years old and lives with her five children and her husband in a monogamous family in the Hamdallaye village (Prefecture of Koutiala, third administrative region in the Republic of Mali). So as to get a footing in economic life, she started several businesses, without success. In the end, she settled for the food-serving business eight years ago. She makes and serves snacks (beignets) and simple dishes (beans, spaghetti, etc). Well known and much appreciated thanks to the quality of her cooking, she has a clientele that is expanding every day. Anxious to maintain her ever-increasing clientele, she decided to join the loan program of Soro Yiriwaso three years ago. She's now seeking her second personal loan after four group loans (solidarity loans) that were repaid without problems.
She purchases raw materials from wholesale sellers in the grand market in Koutiala and does her cooking in front of her door in the Hamdallaye neighborhood. Beignets, beans and spaghetti are thus prepared and sold in front of the family house. Her clientele comes from all social categories in the city. Her business is open daily and all year long. She usually sells for cash and sometimes on credit. She foresees that she will make a monthly profit of XOF 60'000 (ca US$ 120), to be used to repay the loan and help with the daily family expenses. In the future, her ambition is to open a restaurant.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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