A loan of $625 helped a member buying fish.

Djiguiya Group's story

The group Djiguiya of the association Benkadi is compose of six married women of the city of Tènèni, Region of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  The group members live in traditional families, and they average 35 years of age and have at least five children.  They do commerce in a variety of goods, such as fish (like Messitan D.), clothing, rice, okra, etc, for about fifteen years. 

In order to satisfy their customers, the group members decided to join the loan program of the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso about a year ago.  Messitan, the fish seller, plans on using her loan for buying six baskets of fish from wholesalers and then selling them retail.  She accepts cash from a customer base composed essentially of women. 

While the other group members plan on making a profit of 18,000 francs CFA per month, Messitan herself hopes to earn 21,000 francs a month.

The group members expect to obtain a higher loan amount with Soro Yiriwaso in order to be able to resupply themselves with condiments in bulk, in Bamako. 

Note:  Mah Boïté is absent from the photo for health reasons. 

In this group: Messitan , Kadia , Diahara , Assanatou, Bintou , Mah *
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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