A loan of $925 helped a member buying wheat flour.

Galabou Group's story

The group Galabou is composed of nine married women in large traditional families.  The women average 37 years of age and four children all living in Sakoïbougouni, a village of the rural community of Sakoïba (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They do commerce in vermicelli, grains, calabashes, and firewood, and they raise sheep.

Needing to increase their working capital, the group members were motivated to become organized and to join the program. They are now on their third solidarity loan.  Ms. Menta Traoré, a member of the group, plans on using her loan for buying two sacks of wheat flour that she will process into vermacelli by using a manual machine.  She gets her supplies in Ségou locally from wholesale merchants. 

To make vermicelli, she kneads a large enough amount with clean water to make a nice uniform dough, which she puts through the machine and then dries.

She sells her vermicelli out of her home and door-to-door in neighboring villages.  Accepting cash and credit, she sells to a customer base composed of women and men. 

Menta plans on making a monthly profit of 19,500 francs CFA, like the other women. The profit will be for helping to cover certain family expenses and increasing her working capital.

In this group: Yama, Kadia , Ami , Nièba , Aminata , Menta , Mafouné , Djélika , Mayama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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