A loan of $1,250 helped a member strengthen the group's self-financing capacity.

Serigne Mansour Group's story

The SERIGNE MANSOUR solidarity group was created three years ago and is made up of nine women from the same neighbourhood. They are different ages, between 30 and 50, but for the most part in their thirties, married and mothers of at least three children. The group got together through affinities and friendships.

The group’s main activities are the retail commerce of beauty products, vegetables, firewood, charcoal and fresh fish. Those who sell fish get their supplies in Kayar, a fishing village located about 50 kilometers from their borough. They buy large quantities directly from boat side, to be resold at the central market of Thiès, their home town. They also go door-to-door, home-delivering to their regular customers.

Mrs. Soda D. has been running her fish-selling business for four years now, which brought her quite some experience in this domain. She wants to use her loan to increase her level of self-financing and contribute to paying power bills and daily family expenses.

In this group: Soda, Ndèye Maïmouna, Marième, Ndèye Fall, Awa, Aminata, Binta, Ndèye Maty, Ndèye Daro

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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