A loan of $525 helped to buy saltwater fish.


Diarrah's story

Diarrah is 58 years old and lives in a large family in the Lafiala district of the town of Koutiala. She did not have the opportunity to go to school and so developed a predilection for commercial activities. Having had several different activities, she is currently focusing on the purchase and sale of saltwater fish. Saltwater fish are the most popular because they are more affordable than river fish. In order to increase her turnover, Diarrah decided to join the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso some years ago.

Having had six group loans, all of which were repaid in full and on time, she is now on her third individual loan. With this loan she is planning to buy cartons of fish as and when she sells them in the town of Koutiala, to a customer base of men and women, for cash and on credit .

She expects to make a monthly profit of 95,000FCFA which she will use to repay the interest on her loan to Soro Yiriwaso and to provide for her own needs; the rest will be invested in her business. She continues to count on funding from Soro Yiriwaso to expand and diversify her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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