A loan of $1,250 helped a member purchase of various items.

Djiguitougou Group's story

The members of the Djiguitougou group are married women who have an average age of 41 years old, an average of three children and all live in the Hamdallaye neighborhood of Ségou (the fourth administrative region of Mali). They got to know each other through neighbors and relatives and also because they all belong to the same traditional women's sanitation association.

This group of women are primarily trading a variety of articles (foods, clothes, crafts etc..). With a view to increasing their business they decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program, and they are on their ninth group loan, having repaid the eight previous loans. With this new loan they are planning on buying 20 pieces of "pagne-wax" (a West African term for highly decorative and colourful fabric), 15 sets of embroidered "pagnes", two rolls of netting, ten bedcovers and 200kg of fresh fish which will be transformed into smoked fish. Sometimes, during the lean season (in between harvests), they stock up on smoked fish in Mopti.

They get their supplies at the large market in Burkina Faso and at the Château de Ségou market. They sell on a retail basis, for cash and on credit, to a customer base made up of men and women, at home, walking around and at the markets in Médina and Château. They expect to make an average monthly profit of 50,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay the loan, as well as for savings and for the purchase of basic foods.

In this group: Bintou, Kaniba, Bintou, Hawa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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