A loan of $825 helped a member to buy various goods.


Keleya Group's story

The four women of the group Keleya are all married in monogamous families and average 39 years of age and 3 children each. They live in Sanoubougou I, a district of Sikasso City (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali) and do a diversity of work, including selling pagnes (colorful West African cloth), beauty products, and soaps. They are on their fifth collaboration with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of satisfying the needs of their customers and to increase their profit. All the preceding loans have been settled.

The group members intend to buy 50 bolts of pagnes, 30 boxes of beauty products, and 30 boxes of soap. Supplies are gotten at the grand marketplace of Sikasso City, in Bamako, and in surrounding villages. The merchandise is sold on credit at the retail level to customers composed generally of women at the grand market of Sikasso City, locally, and door-to-door.

The group members each envision realizing an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA. A portion of the profits will be used to help their husbands, and the other portion will be invested in business and used to repay the loan. Their ambition is to become wholesale merchants.

In this group: Kadiatou Zoumana, Kadiatou, Kadiatou Bourama , Agnan
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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