A loan of $925 helped a member to buy various goods.

Nyetaa Group's story

The group Nyetaa is composed of four married women mostly in polygamous households.  The women average 38 years of age and five children each and live at the Camp Militaire de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  The women know one another through community ties because they are all the wives of soldiers and belong to the same association "Finesse", a women's mutual-aid organization of the camp. 

The group members do commerce in a variety of goods. Concerned about satisfying customer needs, they decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their solidarity loan.  They intend to buy ten outfits of moins riche damask outfits, fifteen bolts of Wax pagnes (colorful West African cloth), six outfits of embroidered cloth, two sacks of wheat flour, two 20-liter containers of cooking oil, and some ingredients for making incense.  Supplies of clothing are gotten in Bamako and at the big market of Ségou;  ingredients for incense, pagnes, oil, and flour are gotten at the big market of Ségou. 

The clothing is sold at the big market, at the weekly fair in Ségou, at the Château market, and inside the camp.  The incense are divided into two, with one part sold at the big market and the other part lent out to the women in the camp by special order.  The beignets made of wheat flour are sold at the Ségou Coro market to customers composed of women and men.

The group members hope to realize an average monthly profit of 27,375 francs CFA that will be used to repay the loan and the lending association, to meet sundry family needs, to assist with societal events, and to buy small ruminants.  Their ambition is to have a house in which to live in Ségou or Bamako.

In this group: Sitan, Fatoumata Bagnini, Korotimi , Fatim

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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