A loan of $1,525 helped a member purchasing cereals.

Djekafo Group's story

Djekafo is a group of ten married women who mostly live in polygamous households and are 31 years old with 5 children; they all live in the village of Kamakono in Ségou region (the fourth largest administrative region in Mali). They met through marital, neighbourly and parental ties.

Djekafo sell various products, and Fatoumata Traoré, who is one of its members, excels in the purchase and sale of millet, peanuts, corn and rice.
Having already successfully repaid their first loan, the group are on their second, and Fatoumata Traoré aims to use it to buy 25 bags of millet and 15 bags of rice.
They purchase their cereals from local suppliers in Kamakono and at the Beni weekly market, and two of them also sometimes sell firewood that they have collected themselves.
The goods are sold for cash through retail sales and on credit to a mixed customer base, both through home sales and in the neighbouring villages.
They envisage generating an average monthly profit of 25,000FCFA which would be used to see to their family's healthcare and to reinvest into the business. Their aim is to diversify their business activities through raising small ruminant animals which would be re-sold if necessary, or used for social occasions (weddings or baptisms).

In this group: Fatoumata, Mamou, Fanta, Bouh, Mah, Mafoune, Djènèba, Kadia, Nah, Ata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne

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