A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy two bales of used clothing.

Jolie Group's story

The five women of the Jolie group are all married and live in polygamous families. They have an average age of 37, three children, live in the Darsalam of Ségou (4th administrative region of Mali) and know each other through community and kinship ties and their revenue-generating businesses at the Médine Ségou market. The members of the group buy and sell used clothing, children's clothing, cosmetic products (incense), handbags and jewelry (necklaces). With the goal of building up their sales stock, the members of the group decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their 5th solidarity loan. Madame Mariam (1st woman on the left of the photo) has a great reputation for selling used clothing in the Darsalam Ségou neighborhood. She plans to use her loan to buy two bales of used clothing at Segou’s Grand Market. She sells them for cash or credit at the Médine market and by walking from place to place in Ségou to a clientele consisting mainly of women. With this loan, Madame Mariam hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 26,000 CFA that will be used to provide for the basic needs of the family — food and school expenses. Her goal is to reinvest her savings in her business in order to become a wholesaler in her trade.

In this group: Assitan, Assitan, Mariam, Fanta, Tata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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