A loan of $525 helped to buy sugar, bags, and powdered juice.

Aïssata's story

Aïssata Dembélé is 46, married and lives in a nuclear family with her husband and her six children in the village of Banankoro, 10 kilometres from the town of Ségou, in Mali.

Because of social reasons she never attended school and started working to make money at a very young age selling condiments with her mother. After helping her mother for many years she had become a very knowledgeable businesswoman. When she married 17 years ago, her husband bought her a refrigerator to sell juice. She has a very good reputation in the village of Banankoro and nearby villages. On Thursdays, market day in Ségou, she is swamped by her many customers, mainly carters, chicken sellers and mothers. She tells us that her name has the power to stop children's misbehaviour: one has only to tell them that if they don't behave, they won't get any of Aïssata's juices. She intends to expand her business using this loan which she is requesting as working capital from the microfinancial institution Soro Yiriwaso. She has been working with this MFI for 30 months. After having been a member of five group loans, all repaid, she is asking for this, her first individual loan for 250,000 FCFA with which she will buy 2 bags of sugar, 4 bags of powdered juice, 7 bundles of bags. She buys her raw materials locally and always sells for cash.

She expects to make a profit of 75,0000 FCFA. She will use this profit to pay for her children's schooling as they attend high school in Ségou (fuel costs).

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer L K

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