A loan of $1,025 helped to buy raw materials for making traditional soap.

Korotoumou's story

Korotoumou was born around 1958 in Diakorolo Diassa. She is mother to six children and lives with her husband and their children in a traditional family in Kodialanida, a village in the Pimperna municipality, which lies in Sikasso circle, the Republic of Mali's third administrative region.

This courageous woman, who has had many unsuccessful activities, has now begun to make Kabakourouni soaps with a traditional method. She buys raw materials at Sikasso's Grand Market and wood in Kodialanida. Once she has incorporated the raw materials to make up the finished product (Kabakourouni) this is delivered to her customers. She sells her soaps at the market - where she has a fixed stand - to a customer base made up of men and women, for cash and on credit.

With a view to satisfying the needs of her ever-growing customer base, she is requesting a fifth individual trading loan from the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso. This loan will enable her to buy a signficiant quantity of raw materials as well as three truckloads of wood. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 220,000FCFA, and this profit will enable her to repay her loan and the interest on it, as well as to put some money in her savings.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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