A loan of $525 helped a member purchase of peanuts.

Allah Kan Dèmè Group's story

The Allah Kan Dèmè group is comprised of five women, all married in polygamous families. They are 46 years old on average and have six children, all of them living in Sakoïba (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know each other through family and marriage ties, as well as belonging to the same traditional women's aid association in the village.

The group members buy and sell mostly firewood, charcoal, and grains such as peanuts.

The need to increase their working capital motivated them to work with Soro Yiriwaso. After six fully repaid loans, they are on their seventh group loan.

Mrs. Maïmouna C., one of the group members working with food, plans to use her loan to buy seven bags of unshelled peanuts. She gets her supplies in Sakoïba and surrounding villages. She shells the peanuts, sorts them, grills them and peels them. She sells them from home and at the Ségou market, for cash and on credit, generally to women who transform the peanuts into paste.

Mrs. Maïmouna hopes to make an average monthly profit of 20,000 FCFA, which will be used to pay back her loan, contribute to certain family expenditures, and participate in social events (marriages, baptisms, funerals). Her goal is to maintain her small business and help her family buy draft animals.

In this group: Hawa, Maïmouna, Sata, Aminata, Mariatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robin Clochard

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