A loan of $825 helped a member to buy fruits and vegetables.

Dambé (La Dignité) Group's story

Dambé is a group of married women in the Koulikoro district of the town of Koutiala. They live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and co-wives. On average, they are 34 years old and have at least 4 children.

The Dambé group is engaged in the purchase and sale of food products such as fruits and vegetables and in the restaurant business. In order to expand their business, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program.

Chitan Dembélé, one of the members, sells fruits and vegetables. She is in high demand because she is located at a good place at the Médina Koura vegetable market. She intends to use her loan gradually to purchase fruits and vegetables (yams, sweet potatoes, manioc, plantain bananas, oranges, mangos, pineapples, etc.) from wholesalers at the big market in Koutiala, to sell them retail for cash to a diversified range of customers.

While the other members of the Dambé group expect to make a monthly profit 55,000 CFA francs each during this cycle, Chitan Dembélé expects to make 70,000 CFA francs.

In addition to repaying the loans, they use a portion of the income to cover their families’ daily expenses. They aspire to reinforce their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso in order to better diversify their business.

In this group: Chitan, Inda, Fanta, Abi, Kadia, Fatoumata, Mariam, Tenin

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Marie-Elodie Bazy

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