A loan of $1,525 helped a member to purchase soap.


Tiessiri Group's story

The women of the Tiessiri group, all married, are 41 years old and have 3 children on average, and all live in expanded traditional families in the Wakoro village, Dioïla prefecture, Koulikoro Region (second administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through parental, neighborhood and friendship ties. They sell soap, peanuts, spices and tubers. The women of the Tiessiri group are on their fourth group loan. Mariam B. expects to buy two bags of local soap from the producers of the village and surrounding areas. She makes her sales from her home and at the market, for cash and credit, to a customer base made up of men and women. She plans to make an average monthly profit of 70,000 FCFA which will be used to make loan payments and contributions to social ceremonies, while the rest will be reinvested in her soap business.

In this group: Oumou , Kadia , Aminata , Mariam , Binta , Sitan , Mama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz



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