A loan of $1,200 helped to buy cloth for resale.


Zaratou's story

Zaratou O. is a retailer of pagnes (colorful West African cloth) at the grand marketplace of Lomé. She has been in this business for 78 years, and it remains her main source of income. She is 48 years old, married, and the mother of five. She would like to expand her market by stocking her shop with new, quality pagnes with the intention of using this opportunity to improve her family's living conditions.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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