A loan of $1,450 helped a member buying firewood.

Kobekun (Tout Supporter) Group's story

Kobekun is a group of women from Koutiala who know each other well. They live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. On average, they are 42 years old, married, and have at least five children.

This group sells various items such as firewood, grain and vegetables.

In order to expand their activities, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution two years ago. They are on their fifth group loan, and all previous loans were fully repaid.

Oumou D., a member of Kobekun (seen in the tricycle), sells mainly firewood. She plans to use her loan to buy cartloads of firewood from rural producers. She gets the wood in different villages.

She wants to build a substantial stock of firewood to meet customer demand. She sells the wood at retail from her home, for cash, to a clientele consisting mostly of women.

While the other members of the Kobekun group expect to make an average profit of 110,000FCFA each during this cycle, Oumou D., in high demand despite her physical disability, hopes to make a a profit of 120,000FCFA.

In addition to the loan repayments, they use a portion of their income to cover the family’s day-to-day expenses.

They wish to strengthen their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso so as to avoid further depletion of their stocks.

In this group: Kola, Kadiatou , Aminata Bafel , Oumou , Oso , Oumou , Djeneba

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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