A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy food condiments.

Soutoura (Prendre Soin De Soi) Group's story

Soutoura is a group of women from Koutiala who know each other well because they live together in the same district, in large traditional families with their husbands, children and co-wives. They are, on average, 35 years old, married and have at least three children each. The Group Soutoura buys and sells cosmetic products, clothing and food condiments.
To grow their business, the members of the group decided to get involved with the credit institution Soro Yiriwaso two years ago.
Sali Traoré, one of the members, buys and sells all sorts of food condiments (oil, onion, Sounbala, tomatoes, Maggie bouillon cubes, garlic, spices, etc.). She is very much in demand because she occupies a good place in the heart of the market near the butchers.
She plans to use her loan to buy a considerable quantity of food condiments. She gets her merchandise in bulk at the main market in Koutiala and resells it at retail for cash to a clientele composed mainly of women.
While the other members of the group Soutoura plan, on average, to clear a profit of 105,000 FCFA each during this loan cycle, Sali Traoré plans to clear 120,000 FCFA. In addition to repaying the loans, they use a part of their income to meet daily family expenses.
They hope to strengthen this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso so that they can diversify their business activities.

In this group: Massitan , Assan , Sali , Awa, Rokia

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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