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Soutoura Group
In this Group: Amnata , Maimouna , Oumou , Aminata Tefoure , Diaminatou , Chata
The Soutoura group is made up of 6 married women whose members live mostly in traditional families and have an average age of 39 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the town of Sikasso and got to know each other thanks to family and neighbourly relationships, and marriage. The group members sell soaps, condiments, yams and clothing. The group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 6th group loan cycle.

Chata (sitting on the far right of the picture) is one of the group members who sells soaps. She plans to use her loan to buy 1 barrel of oil residue and 20 kgs of caustic soda, with which to make traditional soap. She gets her supplies from the wholesalers and makes her sales from her home and at the market, for cash, to a retail and wholesale clientèle made up of children and women. Chata expects this loan to enable her to make an average monthly profit of 27 250 francs, which will be reinvested in her business and used to support her husband with some of the family expenditures.
Constitué de 6 femmes mariées, les membres de groupe SOUTOURA vivent majoritairement dans des familles traditionnelles avec une moyenne d’âge de 39 ans et 4 enfants. Elles habitent toutes dans la ville de Sikasso et se sont connues à travers des liens de parenté, de voisinage et de mariage.
Les membres du groupe font le petit commerce de savons, condiments, d’ignames et d’habillements.
Dans le but d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce, les membres du groupe ont intégrés Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 6ème cycle de prêt solidaire.
Madame Chata (assise 1ère à droite devant sur la photo) est l’une des vendeuses de savons du groupe. Elle compte utiliser son prêt pour acheter, 1 baril de résidu d’huile + 20kg de soude caustique pour la fabrique du savon traditionnel.
Elle s’approvisionne auprès des grossistes et effectue ses ventes en détail et en gros, au comptant, à domicile et au marché, à une clientèle composée d’enfants et de femmes.
Madame Chata compte réaliser avec ce prêt un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 27.250 FCFA qui sera utilisé, pour être réinvesti dans l’activité et aider son mari dans certaines dépenses familiales.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,612,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.4
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Soutoura Group's $1,200 loan helped a member to buy caustic soda and oil residue with which to make traditional soap.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 30, 2012
Dec 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2013