A loan of $825 helped a member buying bananas.

Djiguiya (Hope) Group's story

Djiguiya is a group composed of four women from the Mousabougou district in the city of Koutiala who know one another well.  They live together in the same district and in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and co-spouses.  Averaging 42 years of age, the women are married and the mothers of at least six children.  The group members buy and sell vegetables, clothing, and condiments. To increase the size of their businesses, they decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program three years ago.  

Bintou C., a member of the group, sells bananas exclusively. She plans on using her loan to buy bananas when needed.  She acquires her merchandise at markets surrounding Koutiala, especially Soukoumba and Molobala.  She sells these bananas wholesale to girls who then go sell them retail in the city of Koutiala.  The other portion is sold at the Yangasso market retail and wholesale for cash.

While the other group members each plan on making an average profits of 105,000 francs CFA over the course of the cycle, Bintou C. plans on making 120,000 francs.  

In addition to repaying the loan, the group members are using a portion of the revenues to cope with everyday family expenses.  They would like to bolster their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso in order to diversify their businesses.  

In this group: Bintou, Assan, Sadio, Rokia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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