A loan of $1,925 helped a member purchase of ox skins.

Lumière Group's story

Lumière is a grouping of women from Koury (in the prefecture of Yorosso in the region of Sikasso) who know each other well because they all live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They average 48 years of age, with nine of them being married and the tenth a widow, and they are all mother to at least four children.

This group of women carry out a variety of different trades including the sale of dried ox skins, restauration, sale of cereals and condiments etc.. In order to expand their activities, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program a year ago. They are on their third group loan and all the previous loans have been repaid on time.

Aïcha N., who is a member of the Lumière group, sells dried ox skins. With her loan she is planning on buying a significant quantity of skins from butchers in Sikasso, Mopti and Koury; she sells them in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to a diverse and varied customer base, which in turn prepares the skins to eat or to sell.

While the members of the group expect to make a monthly profit of 110,000FCFA each during the course of the cycle, Aïcha N. expects to make 150,000FCFA.

As well as repaying their loans, they use a part of their income to cover their families' everyday expenses.

In this group: Aïcha, Coumba, Fatoumata, Djouma, Dicko, Amina, Nana, Inédou, Abi, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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