A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy fish.

Lafia Group's story

The Lafia group consists of 6 married women. On average, they are 48 years old with 9 children and live in Somono and Bozo large traditional families in the village of Belenithiegni, San prefecture (Segou region, republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of community and kinship. They are engaged in nearly the same business selling fresh and smoked fish. This is the group's seventh solidarity loan with Soro Yiriwaso. Diaou H., president of the group, specializes in selling fresh fish. She plans to buy wholesale a large quantity of fresh fish of all kinds from the group's husbands, brothers and children who fish. She puts blocks of ice on large baskets filled with fresh fish bound for SIKASSO. The fish are sold at retail wholesale every week, and she makes the trip during periods when the fishing yield is high. She hopes to earn a monthly profit of 47,000 CFA per month, which will enable her to repay the loan, help the spouses and reinvest in the business.

In this group: Diaou, Nia, Sarata, Fatoumata, Maïmouna, Ténin

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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