Total loan: $1,175

Seben Group

Segou, Segou, Mali / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy wax pagnes [bright, colorful fabric].

Seben Group's story

The four women in the Seben group all live in nuclear families. They are, on average, 33 years old and have four children. They all live in Bougouni in Segou (the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know each other from neighborhood, family, and marriage ties, along with their businesses in the area, where they sell clothing, condiments, and prepared food. In order to increase their business capital, the group members decided to collaborate with Soro Yirwaso. They are now on their eighth group loan. Kadiatou (the woman standing second from the left in the photo) is a large seller of wax pagne [bright, colorful, fabric] in the area and surrounds. She plans to use her loan to buy 10 lengths of wax pagnes in Segou and Bamako. Sales are made for cash and often for credit in the market and from home to a mixed group of customers. With this loan, Kadiatou hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA, which will be used to support her family's small expenses and increase her business capital. She wishes to continue collaborating with Soro Yirwaso.