A loan of $950 helped a member purchasing beans [for resale].


Bèbikoun Group's story

The members of the Bèbikon group are all married and living in monogamous families. They are on the average 31 years old and have two children. They all live in the Bagadadji district of Ségou (the fourt administrative district of Mali). They know each other as neighbors, relatives, or as vendors working at the Bagadadji market. They sell rice, beans, wax “pagnes” [traditional fabric for wrap clothing], heating wood etc. With the goal of increasing their business capital and diversify their merchandise, they have joined the Soro Yiriwaso credit program; they are now on their third group loan.

Mrs. Aminata D., who is the leader of the group, plans to use her loan to purchase beans. She is well-known in Bagadadji as she sells high-quality beans, and is nicknamed “sho-Ami” [“Ami the bean lady”]. She purchases her stock in the villages close to Ségou (in Zogofina, Sirakoro and Togo) and sells for cash and in credit, from home and at the Bagadadji market, to a customer base composed of both women and men.
Mrs. Aminata D. hopes to achieve a monthly income of 38,000 West African Francs, which will be used for savings and for taking care of various needs of her family, such as buying condiments and soap. Her goal is to become a wholesaler thanks to this partnership with Soro Yriwaso/Kiva.

In this group: Aminata , Hawa , Bintou , Tata , Adam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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