A loan of $5,900 helped a member to buy five 50-kilogram sacs of sugar and bags, and to fix an icebox.

Aissatou's Group's story

This banc villageois is one of the most experienced, and one of its groups of women are masters of the program. The ties among this group were formed over the many years the women have been together. Their long-time involvement in the banc villageois has allowed them to develop a spirit of group solidarity which has enabled them to face many situations. The group members work for the most part in small-scale commerce.

Aissatou (who is standing on the far right with her left hand raised) is the featured borrower of the group. She is 56 years old, married, and a mother of four children, of whom one is a boy and three are girls.

Aissatou is very involved in the life of the banc villageois and in her business. She works selling sugar and ice in the villages following the days of the weekly market. To do this, she makes some of ice and buys the rest from other women. She makes packs of ice and sells them with the help of an icebox and empty bags.

With this loan, she is going to buy five 50-kilogram sacs of sugar and some packages of bags. She will also fix one of her iceboxes.

Earnings from this business will allow her to save and to actively take care of her family's expenses related to health, food, and her children's schooling.

In this group: Aissatou, Bintou, Daloba, Hawa, Maimouna, Fatou Kine, Mariama, Alarba, Aby, Doussou Fily, Coumba, Dienaba, Fatou, Mariama Ida, Sadio, Safiyatou, Ansata, Dieynaba, Mame Fatou Toure, Dibe, Aissatou , Ndeye Fatou, Seynabou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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