A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy pagnes (a type of brightly-printed cloth).


Sabougnouman Group's story

The Sabougnouman group comprises 4 women, all married, who live in monogamous households and are 33 years old on average with 4 children. They live in North Pelengana, the administrative centre of a rural commune in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali).
They know each other through neighbourhood relations and their clothing businesses in the area. The group members run small businesses selling pagnes (a type of brightly-printed cloth) of the 'wax' and 'fancy' styles, as well as curtains for doors and windows.
With the goal of increasing their working capital, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso (one of Kiva's field partners) and are on their fourth solidarity (group) loan cycle.
Ms. Adjaratou M., one of the group members, is known in North Pelengana for selling pagnes newly printed by COMATEX (The Malian Textile Company) based in the city of Ségou.
She intends to use her loan to buy 20 sets of pagnes from COMATEX. She re-sells her goods in cash and on credit at home, door-to-door, and at the market in North Pelengana to a clientele composed of women and men. Ms. Adjaratou M. also sometimes sells made-to-order goods (special uniforms) to women's associations and for marriage ceremonies.
With this loan, she hopes to realize an average monthly profit of 35,000 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her business and take care of the household expenses. Her goal is to buy a house through this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mamou , Fatoumata , Adjaratou , Djibouti

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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