A loan of $1,050 helped a member purchase of local produce in weekly rural markets and fishing areas for resale in town.

Femmes Commerçantes 16 Group's story

The five women of this group have been good neighbors for a long time. They are in a federation of all the women of the town of Thies. This larger group has been subdivided into groups of 5 to facilitate management.

The groups were created based on the affinity of the women themselves. They are engaged in various money-earning activities and help their husbands support their respective families. The group is auto-financed through an internal dues system, but with the loans from IMCEC, it can obtain larger sums and a short term for financing their businesses. Most of the women have stands in the central market of the town of Thies where they sell vegetables, fish, jewelry, cloth, etc.

In this group: Bobo, Khady, Bator, Magatte, Khoudi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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