A loan of $1,050 helped a member purchasing traditional fabrics.


Ben Group's story

he Ben group of the Sabaly association is composed of 10 married women from the village of Daellan, San Prefecture, Ségou Region (The fourth administrative region of Mali). The members of the Ben Group live in large extended families; on the average, they are 32 years old, with at least three children. They know each other as neighbors or relatives and have joined the Soro Yiriwaso credit program three years ago. They are now on their fifth loan. Their line of business is selling fabrics and miscellaneous articles, something they have been doing for about seven years.

Sara T., one of the group members, sells traditional colorful fabrics, wax and “bazin” (damask-type cloth). She plans to use her loan to purchase 10 sets of wax fabrics and nine sets of bazin. Her customer base is composed of men and women. She stocks up in Bamako in order to resell in San. She sells a large portion of her wares to teachers, who pay her in monthly installments. She plans to have a monthly income of 15,000 West African Francs. The group members plan to use their income to repay the loan, provide for family needs and reinvest the rest into expanding their business.

In this group: Sara , Aissata , Safoura , Sitan, Alima , Mah , Mamou , Mah , Fatoumata , Fatoumata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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