A loan of $425 helped a member to buy vegetables.


Soro Yiriwa. Group's story

The four women in the Soro Yiriwa group are all married and are on average 40 years old with four children. They live in polygamous families in Bougoula Ville, one of the boroughs in Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali). This is their 6th collaboration with the Soro Yiriwaso MFI to satisfy their customers’ needs. All past loans have been repaid in full. This group of women is in the retail business. For some it is selling pagnes wax (variety of colourful West-African clothing fabric), for others it is selling vegetables (cabbages, carrots, eggplants) like Koura O.. Koura O. wants to use her loan to buy 20 baskets of vegetables. She gets her supplies from the main Médina market in Sikasso and from orchards in neighbouring villages. The vegetables are then resold at the main market in Sikasso and through home delivery, for cash, to both men and women customers. She is hoping to attain an average monthly income of 17,500 FCFA of which part will be used for family expenses and social events, and the remainder reinvested in the commercial activities.

In this group: Madialia , Koura , Alima , Djeneba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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