A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy potatoes.

Danaya. Group's story

The seven members of the group DANAYA of the association SAMBALAGNON are all married women averaging 36 years of age and two children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in OUAYERMA I, a district in Sikasso City (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are on their second loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to satisfy the needs of their customers. The past loan has been repaid.

Ms. DIALIA D. does commerce in potatoes in this group of women. She intends to use her loan to buy 4½ hundred-kilo sacks potatoes. She gets her supplies at the Médine market in Sikasso City and in the villages surrounding Sikasso. She sells them at the big market of Sikasso City and at the family house. She accepts cash from a customer base composed of women and men.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 27,500 francs CFA. Part of the profits will be used to cover the loan interest, and the other part will be put into savings.

Her ambition is to increase her turnover to further satisfy her ever-growing customer base.

In this group: Salimata , Jamila , Dialia , Bakoro, Chata , Tenin , Awa
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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