A loan of $1,600 helped a member to purchase shoes.

Kankele Group's story

The women of the Kankele Group are wives and widows, are on average 41 years old, have three children, and live in large traditional families in the city of Konobougou, in Baroueil Prefecture in the Ségou region (fourth administrative province of Mali). They know each other through kinship ties, as neighbors and friends. They run restaurants and sell shoes, tobacco, and charcoal.

The women of the Kankele Group are on their thirteenth group loan which will be used to purchase seasonings (for the restaurant businesses), shoes, tobacco, and charcoal.

Fatoumata, the client second from the left, seated in a chair, intends to purchase two bags of plastic shoes from the whole-sellers in Bamako to resell in town from her home and in the streets of Konobougou to a clientele of men and women. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 75,000 FCFA of which she will use part to cover her family's needs and reinvest part into her shoe-selling business.

In this group: Assan, Awa, Awa Koumba, Kadia, Fatoumata, Awa, Cisse, Fatoumata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon

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