A loan of $4,850 helped a member purchase an ox and two sheep.

Sope Mame Diarra Group's story

The Sope Mame Diarra solidarity group was created on 4th December 2007. It is made up of 12 women who are all from the same village, and who are all friends or neighbors.

Mrs. Ndeye Lobe G., who is standing at the extreme right of the photo, is in charge of the group. She is 43 years old, married and mother to five children, who are in her care.

She has a beef and sheep fattening business, which she has carried out since she joined the Banc Villageois three years ago.

With her 200,000 francs loan she is going to buy an ox and two sheep. She will fatten them up for at least five months before reselling them at the weekly markets in her town.

With the profits she makes she will contribute to the improvement of her family's living conditions. She will, for instance, be able to contribute to the costs of feeding and clothing the children. Furthermore, she saves money each month with her Banc Villageois.

In this group: Mareme, Ndeye, Salma, Ndeye Lobe, Marame Modou, Maguette, Khoudia, Amy, Faty Dame, Ouleye, Khardiata, Arame, Ndeye
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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