A loan of $725 helped a member to buy fruits.

Sanayelen Group's story

The members of the SANALEYEN group are seven married women who average 36 years of age and have an average of four children. They live in polygamous families in SANOUBOUGOU 1, one of the districts of the town of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali).

They are taking out their first loan from the microfinance institution, Soro, Yiriwaso, in order to satisfy the needs of their customers. This group of women trade in clothes, cereals, condiments and, in the case of Assa D., fruits. The latter is planning to buy five barrowloads of fruits with her loan. She gets her supplies at the large market, in Sikasso's orchards and the neighboring villages. The fruits are sold at the market in the district of Sanoubougou 1 and within the family, to a customer base made up of men and women. She envisages making an average monthly profit of 12,000FCFA of which part will be used to help her husband pay for the children's education and health and the rest to invest in her business.

In this group: Assoumao, Rokiatou, Djessou, Assa, Djeneba, Awa, Assa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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