A loan of $4,900 helped a member buy supplies to develop her craftwork.

Sope Cheikh Sadieye Mbaye Group's story

The Sope Cheick Sadieye M. solidarity group was created 5 December 2007. It is made up of women from the same neighbourhood with the same religious faith. They got together through personal affinities and as neighbours.

Mrs. Fatim M. is the person responsible for the group. She is standing at the far right of the picture, wearing a large green “boubou” (dress). She is 59 years of age, married and the mother of three children. She also takes care of her three grandsons.

She is a craftsperson: embroidery, crochet, a tailor of “pagnes” (colorful West-African clothing fabric), and creator of bead necklaces. She has been performing these activities since she was a young girl.

With her new loan she will buy thread and fabric for embroidery work, and also coloured beads and nylon string to create her necklaces. Her objective is to bolster her savings and take care of her dependants.

In this group: Fatim, Daro, Fatou, Fatou, Awa Niang, Ndathe, Aïssa, Racky, Racky Pape, Ndack, Coumba, Ndeye, Maguette, Traly

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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