A loan of $325 helped purchase of an embroidery machine.

Salia's story

Mr. Salia G., 36, lives with his wife and their two children in Hamdallaye, a working-class neighborhood of the town of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Mr. G., after having tried out a number of businesses without success, began his present tailoring business about 7 years ago. He learned the trade from one of the most talented master tailors of the town of Sikasso. He has his workshop in the new open-air market of Hamdallaye, on the side of the paved road. Mr. G. is much in demand since his clientele recognizes the quality of his work.

In the hope of better satisfying the needs of his ever growing clientele, he decided to join the institution of micro-finance Soro Yiriwaso four months ago, and he is now on his first individual loan. With this loan he intends to purchase an embroidery machine.

With the loan he expects to make a monthly profit of 40,000 F CFA which will go toward supporting his family, making repayments on his loan, while investing any remainder back into his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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