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Djiguissèmè (Support) Group
In this Group: Dicko, Hawa, Sitan Founé, Aminata
The four members of the group Djiguissèmè are all married with an average age of 42 and four children on average. They live in big traditional extended families with their husbands, generally with co-spouses, parents-in-law, brothers and sisters, and children in the village of Zogofina, Prefecture of Ségou, fourth region of the Republic of Mali.

The principal business of this Djiguissèmè group of women is the sale of firewood and foodstuffs (millet, peanuts, dried beans, corn, dah--hibiscus blossoms used to make drinks--etc.) which they either buy right in their village or in surrounding villages of Zogofina (such as Zenguela and Soignebougou) and from rural people who supply the town of Ségou and who have permits to cut wood.

They have storerooms in their husbands' compounds and generally sell the firewood retail to a local clientele (women and men) and wholesale to itinerant businessmen who come from the big cities of Ségou et Bamako.

United by bonds of profession or proximity and very enterprising in their economic activities, the members of the group are now on their fourth group loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso and have reimbursed all loans correctly.

With this loan they intend to buy 60 wagonloads of firewood and 3 sacks of peanuts and hope to make a monthly average profit of 22,500 FCFA which will be used to make repayments on the loan, to help support their families, and above all to expand their businesses.

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Les quatre membres du groupe Djiguissèmè sont toutes mariées avec une moyenne d’âge de 42 ans et quatre enfants. Elles vivent dans des grandes familles traditionnelles élargies avec leurs maris, généralement des coépouses, les beaux parents, les frères et sœurs et les enfants dans le village de Zogofina préfecture de Ségou quatrième région de la république du Mali.
L’activité principale de ce groupe de femmes Djiguisemme est la vente du bois de chauffe et des denrées alimentaires (mil, arachide, haricot, maïs, dah etc.) qu’elles achètent soit sur place ou dans les villages environnants du village de Zogofina (tel à Zenguela et Soignebougou) avec les paysans ravitaillant la ville de Ségou et qui détiennent des permis de coupe de bois.
Elles disposent d’un lieu de stockage dans la concession conjugale et vendent généralement le bois de chauffe en détail à une clientèle locale (femmes et hommes) et en gros aux forains venant des grandes villes comme Ségou et Bamako.
Unies par des liens professionnels, de voisinage et très entreprenants dans les activités économiques, les membres du groupe sont à leur quatrième prêt solidaire avec l’institution de micro finance Soro Yiriwaso avec un remboursement correct.
Elles comptent acheter avec ce prêt, 60 chargements de charrettes en bois de chauffe, 3 sacs de graines d’arachide et espèrent réaliser un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 22.500 FCFA. qui servira à payer les intérêts du prêt, subvenir aux besoins de la famille et surtout renforcer leurs activités.

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

  • $1,200
    Average annual income
  • 74
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $10,870,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 443.9
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Djiguissèmè (Support) Group's $700 loan helped a member purchase of firewood and peanuts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 6, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2009