A loan of $525 helped a member to buy small livestock.

Tièssiri Group's story

The Tièssiri group is composed of five married women who live mostly in large, traditional extended families. They are, on average, 43 years old, have five children and they all live in Sakoïba (the fourth administrative region of Mali).

The members of the group are mainly involved in food preparation and the sale of firewood which they gather in the woods or buy from men.
The need to increase their working capital motivated them to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso. They are on their second joint loan, having repaid the first one without any difficulty.

Madame Abibatou Traoré has a business of roasting meat. She will use her loan to buy three sheep and four goats in her village. She has the animals slaughtered and butchered and then cooks them according to the hygienic codes of roasting (in traditional ovens).
She sells her cooked meat (dibissoko) from her home and traveling throughout her village. She generally makes her sales in cash and on credit to an essentially male clientele, and only rarely to women.

Madame Abibatou enjoys an excellent reputation in the community for her work (which is generally done by men) and believes that she can clear a monthly profit of 22,500 FCFA which will be used to repay her loan and to contribute to meeting certain family responsibilities.

Her ambition is to raise sheep and to buy agricultural products in order to have her own sustainable food supply at home.

In this group: Salimata, Abibatou, Fanta, Hawa, Fatoumata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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