A loan of $1,300 helped a member increase the working capital of the solidarity group.

Cheikh Abdoul Aziz Group's story

The solidarity group CHEIKH ABDOUL AZIZ is one of the eight groups that make up the 'Banc Villageois' of DIAMAGUENE. The group is made up of 11 women who all come from the same neighborhood and who formed a group because of their common interests three and a half years ago. Their ages vary between 30 and 45 and they are married and the mothers of at least three children. This is a very close and dynamic group who participate actively in the various activities of the Banc Villageois, monthly meetings, meetings to repay loans, training sessions, etc. Their main business is selling clothing, incense, cosmetics, etc.

As for the president of the group, Mrs. Ndack T., on the far right in the photo with a white head covering and handbag on her shoulder, she is 52, a widow, and lives with her two children. She sells watches, incense, head scarves, shawls, and veils. She buys her goods in Mauritania, a country which borders Senegal, and sells them in her neighborhood. She has a lot of experience in her business, having been in it for at least three years. Her new loan will allow her to expand her inventory. Her goal is to support her children and pay educational expenses for her child who is finishing university this year.

In this group: Ndack, Codou, Mame Ngoné, Binta, Amy Collé, Khady, Ndèye Yacine, Binta Thiam, Maguette, Adji Binta, Marème

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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