A loan of $825 helped a member to buy oranges.

Dembagnouma. Group's story

Dembagnouma is a group of five married women who average 38 years of age and average three children each. They live in polygamous families in Kaboila II, a district of the city of Sikasso, in the third administrative region of Mali.
They are on their first loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso. Their goal is to better satisfy the needs of their customers.
In the women’s group Dembagnouma, Kadia D. sells fruits such as oranges.
With her loan, she plans to buy two wagon loads of oranges. She gets her supplies from the orchards in the villages surrounding Sikasso.
She sells her fruit, for cash, at the Médine market in Sikasso and within the family to a clientele of men and women.
She foresees earning an average monthly profit of 35,500 FCFA. A part of this will be used to pay the loan and interest, and the rest will go into savings.

In this group: Adiaratou, Kadia, Korotoumou, Chata, Sali

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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