A loan of $4,750 helped a member to purchase vegetables and dried fish.


Bok Jom Group's story

The Bok Jom group has been created during the inauguration of the Banc Villageois of Wango to which it belongs. It is composed of 12 women who live in almost the same neighborhood. They are friends and neighbors who decided to form a group together. Their main business activity is retail. Mrs. Helene N. (to the right in the photo, wearing a white scarf) is the group’s leader. She is 72 years old. She is a widow, and all her children are adults. But she has five grandchildren in her care. In the past she used to cook millet couscous in order to sell it at the market or in her neighborhood. At present, she retails vegetables and dried fish. She sells cabbage, hot peppers, and sweet and bitter varieties of eggplant [aubergine]. Her new loan will allow her to finance her vegetables and dried fish business. Her goal is to provide for her personal needs and to help to the everyday family expenses as well as with the costs of school supplies for her grandchildren.

In this group: Aissatou, Lea Sabine, Khady, Aminata, Seynabou, Seynabou, Adji, Khoudia, Ndeye, Amy, Henriette, Helene
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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