A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy peanuts (to process into peanut butter).


Sabali Group's story

The six women of the group Sabali are married for the most part in polygamous families and average 42 years of age and five children each. The women live in the village of Zambougou, in the rural commune of Sanando, Region of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of marriage, community, and kinship. The group members do commerce in embroidered pagne cloth, plastic utensils (buckets, bowls, etc.), and condiments (such as peanut butter, fresh tomatoes, etc.)

With the goal of increasing their business capital and building up their inventories, the group members decided to collaborate with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. And they are now on their fifth solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Mâh T., who is the president of the group, is known in the village for selling peanut butter. She intends to use her loan to buy 3 sacks of peanuts wholesale at the Konodimini fair.

To make peanut butter, the peanuts are sorted by hand to remove impurities, and then they are roasted using a cask designed for the circumstances. Next, they are skinned. Finally, the peanuts are crushed in a mill to obtain the peanut paste ready for consumption. Sales are made by cash or credit at the house, by special order, and at the small village market. The customer base is composed of women and men.

With this loan, Ms. Mâh T. hopes to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in the business and meeting sundry needs at home. Just like the other women of the group, she has the goal of increasing her business volume through the partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mâh , Setou , Djènèbou , Ami , Salimata , Diasso
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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