A loan of $525 helped a member to buy ingredients for her restaurant business.


Djekafo Group's story

Djekafo is a group of women from the Hamdallaye district of Koutiala. They all live in large, traditional families with their husbands, children and other family members. The women are, on average, twenty-eight years old, and have at least four children.

The members of the group sell various products, such as soap, firewood, fabric and food. The group have now decided to work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso, in order to increase the size of their businesses.

Aichatou (sitting with her child in the photo) works in her restaurant business. She will use her loan to buy beans, packets of spaghetti and other ingredients needed to prepare her food for sale. She buys these supplies in Koutiala, and then prepares them for sale in her restaurant, to a varied range of customers.

While the other members of the group expect to earn an average of 90,000 francs CFA a month, Aichatou expects to earn 105,000 francs CFA. She will use her earnings to repay her loan, provide for her personal expenses and increase her working capital.

In this group: Salimata, Aichatou, Mariam, Kadiatou, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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