A loan of $4,775 helped a member purchasing millet and peanut paste.

Bokk Jomm Group's story

The solidarity group Bokk Jomm has been created in 1995 following the opening of Banc Villageois of Wango to which it belongs. The group is composed of 12 women all living in the same neighborhood and sharing the goal of developing their businesses.

Mrs. Hélène Ndion, standing on the left in the back row on the photo, raising her right hand, is the group’s leader. She is a widow, 65 years of age. She is the mother of nine, but her children are all grown now. However, she has two granddaughters in her care. Her line of business is selling a couscous-type dish cooked with millet. She also sells millet flour and peanut paste. With her new loan she is going to boost her stock and purchase three bags of millet and two buckets of peanut paste in order to better meet her customers’ needs and increase her profit margins. Her goal is to help her children pay for groceries as well as to provide for her personal needs.

In this group: Helene, Florence, Therese Mass, Philomene, Marie Coura, Maye, Sabele, Henriette, Hortence, Khoudia, Rosalie, Seynabou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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