A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy shoes and scarves.

Mere Theresa Group's story

The MOTHER THERESA solidarity group was created on December 15, 2009 during the 5th cycle of the Banc Villageois. It is composed of 11 women who are from the same church community. They are engaged in small businesses and raising pigs. The group belongs to the Banc Villageois of St. Theresa Catholic Women. Mrs. GHISLAINE N., standing at the right in the photo, is the leader of the group. She is married and the mother of three children. She is also responsible for three other in-laws. She has a small business selling shoes and scarves. She gets her supplies in Dakar (Senegal's capital) to sell in her neighborhood. Her goal is to help her husband take care of the family (for example, food and health care). She also wants to bolster her savings to make investments for her family.

In this group: Ghislaine, Suzane, Caroline Michelle, Victorine, Marie Rose, Justine, Albertine, Rosalie Irene, Olga, Rose, Marie Noel Ngone*

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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