A loan of $1,850 helped a member to purchase fish.


Sabougnouman Group's story

The Sabougnouman group is made up of eight women (4 are widows and 4 are married). They live in large traditional families and they average 61 years of age and 4 children. They live in the Djaka (Kirango) district of Markala (the 4th administrative region of Mali: Segou). They know each other through family, marriage, and through neighbours. They carry out the same business to generate revenues, all surrounding fish and in all forms.



The group was organized through a fish processing cooperative started out by Anpe (National Employment Angecy). They have all received training on various hygiene techniques provided by BIT (International Work Bureau). They are have two modern ovens and dryers to their disposal.



After having successfully repaid 4 past loans, the group is requesting their 5th loan which is to be used to purchase 80 baskets of fish and 100 blocks of ice. They purchase fresh fish along the Niger River, sort them, and keep a good portion of them to be dried.
The fresh fish is sold at Segou (in the Chateau market), Bamako, Koutiala, and Sikasso. The dried fish is mostly sold in Dougabougou, Siribala, Niono, Shango and Segou, though they keep a portion to sell in the fall when they can earn more money. Smoked fish is mostly sold in Segou. Sales are generally completed in cash and credit to a clientele made up of men and women.



They hope in producing a monthly revenue of 80 FCFA which will help increase the volume of their sales, and to satisfy the needs of their family (including clothing, soaps, and petroleum). They will also be able to participate in social events (baptisms, weddings, circumcisions, and funerals).



They dream of buying a residential home for themselves.

In this group: Marama , Iya , Tata , Fatoumata , Maimouna , Kadiatou , Awa , Aminata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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