A loan of $525 helped to buy raw materials to make soap and four truckloads of firewood.

Mariatou's story

Mariatou was born around 1974 in Fongatie in Yanfolila Cercle. She lives with her husband and six children in a traditional family in Hamdallaye, a popular area in the city of Sikasso, which is in the third-largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali.

After trying a number of businesses without success, Mariatou started making Kabakourouni soap in the traditional way. She buys her raw materials in Sikasso and firewood in the surrounding area. She then mixes the raw materials to produce the finished Kabakourouni, which she will deliver to her customers. She makes her sales from her home and in the market, where she has a fixed stall. She sells to men and women, for cash or credit.

To meet the ever-growing demand of her customers, she is requesting this loan from the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso. This is her fourth individual loan. This loan will allow her to buy significant quantities of raw materials and four truckloads of firewood.

Mariatou expects to make an average monthly profit of 55,000 XOF, which she will use to pay off the loan and interest and add the rest to her savings.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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