A loan of $900 helped a member to buy various shop products.

Sabali Kagni Group's story

The six members of the Sabali Kagni group are married women who average 33 years of age and have on average three children each. They live in polygamous families in Siekourani, one of the villages in the commune of Loulouni in the Kadiolo area (Sikasso), Mali's third administrative region.

They are on their fourth loan from the micro-finance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, so that they can satisfy their customer demand; their previous loans have all been repaid in full.

Within the Sabali Kagni group, Adam, who is sitting on the far right of the photo, sells various shop products. With her loan she is planning to buy ten cartons of cigarettes, 50kg of sugar, one carton of concentrated milk, two cartons of tea and one 10-liter container of vegetable oil. She gets her supplies at Sikasso's Grand Market.

She resells the products in her shop in Siékourani village, opposite the main road which goes to Zegoua, for cash to a customer base made up of men and women.

She expects to make an average monthly profit of 37,500FCFA, of which part will be used to repay her loan and the interest on it, and the rest put into her savins

In this group: Adam, Fatoumata, Djeneba, Adiaratou, Anchata, Zermene

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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