A loan of $1,100 helped a member buying various goods.

Sabougnouman Group's story

The group Sabougnouman is composed of ten women, of whom two are widows and eight are married, in large traditional families.  The women average 41 years of age and four children each living in the capital of the rural community of Cinzana Gare (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  The women know one another through ties of community, kinship, and their commercial work, which essentially revolves around commerce in various goods and in food catering.

In order to satisfy the needs of their customers, they decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program and are now on their first group loan.  This loan will be used to buy:  six bolts of damask fabrics, ten bolts of Wax pagnes (colorful West African cloth), four bed sheets, two pairs of curtains, six woven pagnes, four woven blankets; two sacks of rice, a sack of potatoes, two 20-liter containers of oil, 150 kg of shea butter, a sack of fresh onions, a basket of cabbage, a basket of fresh tomatoes, a basket of dried okra, three boxes of tea, a sack of sugar, six boxes of soap, two sacks of the local soap kabacourouni, and five heads of sheep. 

All their merchandise will be purchased locally at the weekly fairs of Cinzana Gare, Ségou, and Tona.  The rice is cooked for meals and then sold.  In addition, they make fritters out of potatoes, fresh fish, and flour.  They make their sales at the Cinzana Gare market and in homes.  Cash or credit is accepted from customers composed of men and women. 

The group members hope to earn an average monthly profit of 14,500 francs CFA that will be used to repay the loan, to buy food and school supplies, and to take part in societal events (marriages, baptisms, circumcisions, and funerals).  Their main ambition is to raise small ruminants.

In this group: Korotimi, Aminata, Kadia, Tènè, Djenebou, Aminata Chata, Bassira, Kadiatou, Sanata, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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