A loan of $1,100 helped a member purchasing firewood.


Jolidew Group's story

The members of the Jolidew group are all married women, on the average 40 years of age, with four children. They all live in traditional extended families in the village of Marka-Coungo, Fana Sub-prefecture, Koulikoro Region (the second administrative district of Mali). They know each other as relatives, neighbors and friends. They cook food for sale and sell cakes and firewood. The Jolidew group members are on their ninth solidarity loan. Fatoumata T. plans to purchase five cartloads of firewood from producers in her town and nearby earea. She retails the firewood daily to out of her home, to housekeepers who do the cooking, for cash and on credit. She plans to achieve an average monthly income of 30,000 West African Francs, which will be used to pay off the loan and to cover costs related to healthcare and school fees, with the rest reinvested in her business.

In this group: Kadja , Sitan , Bintou, Maïmouna , Fatoumata , Matoukoune , Kadiatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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