A loan of $1,225 helped a member buying seeds (dah and néré).

Djekafo Group's story

The women of the group Djekafo are all married and average 47 years of age and four children living in traditional extended families in the village of Fantobougou, in Fana sub-prefecture, Region of Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The group members know one another through ties of kinship. They work in food service, and they do commerce in grains and in gathered items. The group members are now on their 12th solidarity loan after having properly repaid their 11 previous ones.  

Ms. MAMOU T., a member of the solidarity group, intends to use her loan to buy some dah and néré seeds.  It should be noted that these seeds are processed by hand into artisanal food products used as ingredients in making several sauces in West Africa. She gets her supplies from women in the area. Accepting cash or credit from a customer base compose of women and men, she makes her sales locally and at the Fana market.  

She plans on making an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA that will be used for meeting day-to-day family expenses.  The rest will be reinvested in the business.  

In this group: Maï, Awa, Mah, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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