A loan helped a member to buy women's shoes and purses.


01_Seynabou Group's story

This 18-woman group is part of the banc villageois that was founded in June 2007. The women all live in the same neighborhood. They share a sense of unity and have good relationships as neighbors. Their primary activity is business. They have repaid numerous loans without any issues.

Madame Maïmouna, the group representative, is 61 years old. She is pictured seated at left in the photo with her hand raised. She is a widow and the mother of a 23-year-old son who is in school.

Madame Maïmouna sells shoes, purses, and clothing. She buys her supplies from the wholesalers in the neighboring villages and sells them both out of her home and in other regions. She has more than five years' experience in this area.

With her loan, she would like to buy 15 pairs of women's shoes and 10 purses that she'll sell for a profit. Her business is going well as she also sells her goods in other regions where she has contacts.

Her income allows her to pay for her son's university fees and take care of her own, smaller expenses.

In this group: Seynabou, Sophiatou, Diodio, Maty, Maty, Ndéye Djita, Ndéye Sokhna, Amy, Rama, Nogaye, Maïmouna, Fatou, Ndéye, Amy, Aïda Lam, Abibatou, Mame Diarra, Fatou Diop

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Kenin.


This loan is special because:

It empowers women in rural and suburban Senegal.



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