A loan of $1,125 helped a member to purchase manioc and heating wood.

Mougnou [Patience] Group's story

Mougnou ["patience"] is a group of women from the Médina Koura district of Koutiala living in traditional extended families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. They are all married, and average 32 years of age and at least four children. This group of women sells various items, such as “atieke” [a traditional dish], food condiments, soap etc. In order to expand the scope of their business, one year ago the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso credit program. They are now on their second group loan, having duly reimbursed the previous loan.

Kada M. is a group member who sells “atieké” (a couscous-like dish made with manioc [cassava] and very popular in Mali).
She plans to use her loan to purchase cartloads of heating wood from the farmers, to be used for cooking atieké, as well as bags of manioc as necessary. She retails her atieké for cahs at the Médina Koura market, to a very diverse customer base. While other members of the Mougnou group plan to achieve an average monthly income of 80,000 West African francs each in the course of this loan cycle, Kadia plans to earn 90,000 francs. Apart from repaying the loan, they use part of their revenues to cover everyday family expenses.

In this group: Awa, Mariam, Aminata, Maramou, Sali, Fatoumata, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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