A loan of $500 helped a member to buy food condiments.

Yelen Group's story

The women of the Yelen group are all married and average 40 years of age and three children. They all live in extended traditional families in Tomba, a village in Fana sub-prefecture, Koulikoro Region (second administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They got acquainted through bonds of kinship, neighborhood and friendship. The women of the Yelen group are seeking their first group loan and trade in food condiments, livestock, and soap.

TAYE F. intends to buy food condiments from resellers in Dioïla. She sells in the village, for cash and on credit, to a clientele comprising both men and women. She intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 15'000 (ca US$ 30), to be used to repay the loan and pay her contributions to social ceremonies, while the remainder will be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Sitan, Soukoura, Mariam, Taye, Fatouma, Mariam, Matou, Mariam, Matou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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