Total loan: $3,325

Union Pour Vaincre La Pauvreté Group

, , Senegal / Retail

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A loan helped to buy agricultural products (black-eyed peas and peanuts) for resale.

Union Pour Vaincre La Pauvreté Group's story

The “Union Pour Vaincre la Pauvreté” [Union for Combating Poverty] Banc Villageois exists since April 9, 2011. The PCO1 group is composed of 20 women who have a good rapport, live in the same village and mainly work as vendors and farmers raising sheep, goats and cattle. Mrs. Diarra, the president of the Bnac Villageois, is 50 years old. She is a widow without children (her husband was killed in a military uprising). She grows peanuts and “niebe” [black-eyed peas] and has a lot of experience. On the photo she is standing on the right, dressed in a white outfit and raising her right hand. She stocks up at the weekly market in her village and in the nearby region in order to resell in the capital and in the big cities of the country. Her loan will allow her to buy 100 kg [220 lbs] of “niebe” and peanuts, and she hopes to earn higher revenues. Her income will allow her to cover her monthly expenses, such as food and utilities, help her nephews and nieces with their educational expenses and bolster her savings.