Total loan: $775


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Segou, Segou, Mali / Food

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A loan helped To purchase sacks of peanuts and millet.

Djénéba's story

Mrs. Djénéba S. is 61 years old and lives with her husband and their 6 children in the neighborhood of Pélengana Sébénikoro in Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Having not being to school, due to the refusal of her parents who saw schooling as a road to perdition for girls, she began working in small-scale commerce. She did several businesses, but after her marriage, she stopped those in order to specialize in grilled peanuts. She has done this business for 11 years in the market of Ségou and in other markets (Monday in Ségou and Thursday in Banankoro). Alongside selling roasted peanuts, she also sells in the smaller markets the millet she purchases on the market days in Banankoro.

In order to continue her business, she decided to join the the microfinance group Soro Yiriwaso. She has been working with this group for 44 months; she has completed 4 group loans and 3 individual loans - each has been fully and properly repaid. She is now on her 4th request for an individual loan. She will use this loan to purchase 3 bags of peanuts and 10 bags of millet. She gets her peanut supplies from Ségou and her millet from Banankoro.

Mrs. Djénéba S. always sells for cash to a clientele composed of men and women. She envisions realizing a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA, which will enable her pay for her family's expenses (to buy soap, clothes for her children etc.) and to participate in social events (marriage, baptism and funerals). Her ambition is to borrow a greater amount with Soro Yiriwaso in order to run her business well, which is very important to her.

Translated from French by Margot Bonner, Kiva Volunteer