A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy shoes, fabric and bed linen for resale.

Sope Mame Diarra Group's story

The Sope Mame Diarra loan group has eight female members who all live in the same house. They are all related, and are part of a large association where they all take turns to give each other small loans. All of the group’s members work in small-scale retail.

The group’s representative is called Aminata. She is around 50 years of age, and has worked selling fabrics since 1986. Right now, with the upcoming Tabaski festival, she will be able to buy fabric, shoes and bed linen for resale.

Aminata is married and a mother, although she only needs to provide for herself. Her future plan is to build her own home, which she will then rent out to diversify her sources of income.

In this group: Aminata, Marème, Fatou, Penda, Salimata, Fary, Fatou, Amy

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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