A loan helped a member to buy pigs to fatten up and sell.


Th_Marie Philomene Group's story

This group of four women belongs to the banc villageois that was founded outside their town in May 1997. They are relatives who live in the same neighborhood. They're very energetic and engage in a number of different money-making activities, but the most common are animal fattening and petty trade.

Madame Marie Philomène, the group's representative, is standing on the right in the photo with her hand raised. She is 72, married, and has 6 grown children, including two sons. Marie Philomène fattens pigs to resell. She buys and resells the pigs in her neighborhood, and she has more than 20 years of experience in this field.

She will buy 10 pigs and feed for them. Business is good, so she will make a good profit on these pigs. Her earnings will allow her to grow her savings and contribute to her health fund.

In this group: Marie Philomène, Colette, Odile, Germaine

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Samantha Sullivan.


This loan is special because:

It empowers women in rural and suburban Senegal.



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