A loan of $2,200 helped a member buying cloth, fish, condiment, fruit, and grain.

Djiguisseme Group's story

The members of the group Djiguisseme are married women averaging 50 years of age and six children each.  With their husband and children, the women live in large traditional families and reside in Fana City, Fana Coura district, Fana sub-prefecture, Region of Koulikoro, Republic of Mali.  The women know one another through ties of community and kinship.  For several years, they have operated in the commerce of a variety of goods.

These group members are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of ensuring the continuation of their lucrative businesses and are now on their tenth solidarity loan.  All the preceding loans have been properly repaid. 

With this new loan, they intend to buy five rolls of cloth and some sewing supplies, three 50-kg sacks of onions, some boxes of spaghetti and boxes of tomato paste in Bamako, four boxes of smoked fish in Mopti, some sacks of grain in Fana, and a large quantity of bananas in N’Golobouou and Banko. All of these goods are sold at the Fana marketplace and at fairs in the area to customers composed of women and men.

The group members each plan on realizing an average profit of 34,5000 francs CFA per month.  The profits are partly reinvested into the businesses and partly for day-to-day family expenses. 

In this group: Bintou, Toutou , Daly , Sire , Kadia , Ami , Mariam , Penda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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