A loan of $2,250 helped a member bolstering the business initiatives of the solidarity group.

Sope Serigne Mourtalla/ndoffene Group's story

The solidarity group "SOPE SERIGNE MOURTALLA" was created in 2007 on the inauguration day of the Banc Villageois of NDOFFENE2 (the trustee). The group is composed of fifteen women, all from the same village, who average 30 years of age and who are married mothers of at least three children each. The following members, Mbène T., Fatou D., Binta T., Fatou F., Seynabou N., Daba Codou D., Awa F., and Sophie S. have just joined the group and are on their first (loan) cycle. They formed their solidarity group by affinity and meet regularly to discuss the right way to organize their affiliation.

The area where the Banc Villageois is established is very favorable to commerce due to the weekly markets which faciliate the women's businesses, such as the fattening of cattle and/or sheep, small-scale commerce, the production and sale of peanut oil, the sale of fresh fish, etc. Given this, most of the women of the village are devoting all their time to lucrative work. And this new loan will enable them to increase their level of self-financing in order to develop their businesses further.

Ms. Khémesse F. (standing at the far right in the photo and wearing a white pagne cloth at her waist for carrying her baby on her back) is 23 years old and the married mother of three children to support. She is a seller of local grains and peanuts. She criss-crosses the weekly markets in the area to sell her produce. Her goal is to help improve her family's living conditions while boosting her saving.

In this group: Adama, Khady, Codou, Khemesse, Sokhna, Astou, Ndiague, Mbene, Fatou, Bineta, Fatou, Seynabou, Daba Codou, Awa, Sophie

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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