A loan of $1,150 helped a member to purchase millet.


Badenya Group's story

The seven women of the Badenya group are mostly married and live in monogamous families. They are 35 years old on average and have five children each. They live in the village of Zambougou, in the rural municipality of Sanando, in the Ségou region (fourth largest administrative region of Mali) and met through family and friends. The group's members sell dried fish, fresh tomatoes, garments, second hand clothes, and gruel. The women joined the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance association with the aim of boosting their business capital, and are now on their third loan. Madam Sagnini Traoré has built a reputation in the Zambougou village for selling gruel, and aims to use her loan to purchase four bags of millet wholesale at the Konodimini market.
To make gruel, she must first husk the seeds, wash them, crush them with a mill until they form semolina which she then heats to make gruel. She differentiates herself from other gruel vendors by adding curdled milk and sugar. She takes cash and credit sales from home or via door-to-door sales around the village. Her customer base is made up of men, women and children. Madam Sagnini Traoré aims to use the loan to generate an average monthly profit of 20,000 FCFA which will be used to reinvest in the business and to see to her family's needs. She would like to boost the scale of her business through her work with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Ami , Nanou , Djélika , Sagnini , Thio , Banah , Ina

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne



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