A loan of $1,500 helped a member to purchase new seafood to resell.

Soforaal Group's story

The group "Soforaal" (meaning "to support one another" in Diola, the local language) is a solidarity group of the "Banc Villageois" TAMBACOUMBA from the Casamance region in Senegal. The six women who are part of the group mainly work as seafood retailers, though most women in this region have multiple occupations. The group has existed since 2002, when the "Banc Villageois" was founded. So far, the members have received 16 loans each, all of which they repaid in time to Caurie Microfinance, one of Kiva's Fieldpartners in Senegal.

Dédé Kanté is the leader of the group: she is 57 years old, widowed and responsible for four children (three boys and one girl). Market gardening is her main activity and most important source of revenues. Besides this, she sells fish as a second occupation to earn some extra money. She purchases the fish in the villages of Tambacoumba or Adéane and sells them at the market of Adéane at the border of the Casamance River in Senegal. Dédé Kanté is very experienced in this domain. Her daughter supports her in this business.

As a widow, Madame Kanté needs the money from her two activities to cover health and food expenses for herself and the children she's responsible for.

In this group: Dédé, Khady, Mariama, Félicité, Gnima, Deynabou

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