A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy pagnes (lenths of colorful cloth used in dress making).

Djiguiya Group's story

The Djiguiya group is composed of four married women who live mostly in monogamous families, are on average 33 years old, and have two children. They live in the Bagadadji district of the city of Ségou (the fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other as neighbors and through their work in the district.

The members of the group buy and sell a variety of items such as cosmetics, pagnes (lengths of colorful cloth used for dress making) and numerous grocery items such as tea, Lipton soup, candy, powdered milk, canned goods, etc. With the goal of meeting the demands of their growing clientele, the members of the group have collaborated with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their seventh group loan. The six preceding loans have been properly repaid.

Madame Ami Cissé, the president of the group, plans to use her loan to buy 40 pagnes at wholesale in the main market of Bamako. She resells them at retail, for cash and credit, door to door and while traveling through different districts in Ségou, to a clientele composed of women and men. Madame Ami Cissé hopes to earn with this loan a monthly profit of 50,000 FCFA which will be used for daily food needs at home and to buy school supplies for her children.

Her ambition, like that of the other women of the group, is to buy a plot of land to build a home.

In this group: Ami, Assan Ténin, Awa Anna, Aïchata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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