A loan of $525 helped a member buying bread.

Kotognontala (Ayons La Même Voie) Group's story

Kotognontala is a group of women from the neighborhood of Darsalam, in Koutiala, who know each other well. They live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. On average, they are 38 years of age and married with at least four children.

These women sell various items such as food, clothing, grain, etc. In order to expand their activities, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution. They recently obtained their first group loan.

Aramata C. is the only group member who exclusively sells bread. She plans to use her loan to sustain her stock of bread. She gets bread early every morning at the Badegna bakery, in Koutiala, on the road to San.

She sells bread at retail, for cash, at the bus station and the big market of Koutiala to a diverse clientele. She sells 100 to 120 loaves of bread per day.

While the group members expect to earn an average profit of 60,000 FCFA each during this cycle, Aramata hopes to make 70,000 FCFA.

In addition to repaying the loans, the members use a portion of their income to cover ongoing family expenses.

They wish to strengthen their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso in order to diversify their merchandise.

In this group: Salimata , Chata , Aramata , Mamou , Aminata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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