A loan of $2,900 helped a member purchasing cigarettes, cookies, powdered soap, bars of soap, sugar etc.

Sainte Bernadette Group's story

The Solidarité Sainte Bernadette group has been created three years ago. Its members are nine women belonging to the Catholic Women’s Association of the Louga parish. They full participate in various parish activities. They are all from the same church community of Base.

Mrs. Awa S., standing on the far left on the photo is the group’s leader. She is 39 years old. She is married and the mother of seven children in her care.She has been a member of the Banc Villageois of Catholic Women for three [years]. She obtained loans six times, and never had any problems repaying them.

She keeps a kiosk by her house where she sells miscellaneous products such as cigarettes, sugar, cookies, soap (powdered and in bars), and tea. She has been in this business for six years. Her new loan will permit her to expand her stock and grow her small business. She helps her husband to meet the expenses related to the healthcare, food, and schooling for her children.

In this group: Awa, Angele, Madame, Marie, Nina, Amy, Georgette, Maïmouna, Alice

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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