A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy several baskets of bananas and palm oil for resale.

Aissatou Commandant's Group's story

This group is made up of very committed women who, since the creation of the Banc Villageois on 25th November 2003, have managed to develop a good relationship based on solidarity and helping one another out, as well as building up their income-generating activities, which are principally in the form of small trading businesses.

Aïssatou, who is standing on the far right of the photo with her hand raised) is the star borrower of the group. She is 43 years old, married and mother to five children: one boy and four girls. She sells bananas and palm oil, which she buys in a village where the women have a plantation and sell at 10,500FCFA per sack. She resells at 200FCFA or more per pile.

With her new loan she is planning to buy several baskets of bananas and palm oil for resale. As well as building up her savings to benefit from an even larger loan, she plans to support her children in their studies.

In this group: Aissatou Commandant, Siring, Salimata, Dioutala, Alimatou, Saly, Aissatou, Maimouna, Diodio, Tacko, Fatou, Fanta, Kady, Kossa, Aissatou, Banna, Diabou, Aissatou Kolda, Fatou, Mariama, Fatoumata Tanaff, Sarta, Fatou, Mariama, Saly, Bintou, Mariama, Nene Galle, Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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