A loan of $1,025 helped a member purchase of various products.

Djiguiya Group's story

The Djiguiya group comprises six women (two widows and four married women) who are on average 38 years old, with an average of 4 children and living in monogomous families in the Hamdallaye area of the town of Ségou (in the 4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They sell a variety of products, as well as doing some catering, and are on their second group loan, having repaid the first without any difficulty. This loan will be used to buy 5 pieces of "pagne wax" (a West African term for highly decorative and colourful fabric), 3 woollen blankets, 3 bedcovers, 65 items of clothing for children (dresses, trouser suits, skirt suits and baby clothes), food seasonings (150 bowls of powder made from the Baobab - or monkey bread - tree, 50 bowls of chili peppers, 1/2 a carton of dried fish, 6 packets of Maggi chicken stock cubes and 60 pieces of potash) 3 bags of groundnut, 5 baskets of fresh fish and 5 cartons of soaps. They buy their stock of fabric and soaps in Bamako, the woollen blankets and bedocvers in Gao, the children's clothing at the large market at Ségou, the food seasonings and the fish at the Château de Ségou market, and the groundnut pods at the weekly fair at Boussin. They sell the children's clothing while walking around the neighbourhoods of Darsalam and Hamdallaye, and the other goods are sold at the Château market, apart from the woollen blankets and bedcovers which are sold to people in their homes. The goods are sold for either cash or credit to a customer base made up of both men and women. They are expecting to make a monthly profit of 30,000 FCFA which will be used for the repayment of loans, but also to contribute to family expenses and social events. Their ambitions are to have a house and to keep their business going.

In this group: Mah, Kadiatou, Fatoumata, Awa , Awa, Bintou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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