A loan of $350 helped a member to buy condiments.

Djiguisseme Group's story

The women of the Djiguisseme group, either married or widowed, are on average 25 years old with 3 children, living in traditional extended families in the village of Nalla, sub-prefecture of Fana, Koulikoro region (second administrative region of the Republic of Mali. They met through connections with friends, family and neighbors.

The women trade in condiments and root vegetables and they also braid hair. They are on their first group loan, which will be used to buy condiments, root vegetables and small accessories for braids. Nana D., the group's president, plans to buy condiments from sellers in Falako as well as in Fana, to re-sell in her village, for cash and on credit, to customers who are both men and women. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 10,000 CFA francs which will be used to repay loan installments, pay contributions towards social ceremonies and the rest will be re-invested in her business.

In this group: Nah, Nana, Fatoumata, Fanta, Nana, Fanta, Mamou, Maman, Bintou, Soukoura

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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