A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy fabric and kitchen utensils to sell on.

Sop Serigne Mourtalha Group's story

The Sop Serigne Mourtalha solidarity group was set up on 12th May 2011 and is made up of 15 women who come from the same neighborhood; their principal activity is small-scale trading.

Fatou, who is in charge of the group, is 38 years old, married and mother to four children who are in her care, one of whom is her nephew. She is standing on the right of the photo wearing a boubou (a West African flowing dress) with florets covered with a black shawl, and a big smile.

She has a small trading business selling fabric, kitchen utensils, groundnut and beans. She has four years' experience in this field. She gets her supplies of fabric and kitchen utensils in various towns and the capital city during the season when she cannot find sufficient food products; she buys her stocks of groundnut and beans in the weekly market and sells them locally in the village.

With her loan she would like to strengthen her business in order to make more money.

She contributes to the household expenses, thereby helping out her husband, and she would like to build up a good level of savings with her profits in order to get a big loan and go abroad to buy her goods.

In this group: Sarata, Khady, Ndeye Bass, Awa, Seynabou, Coumba, Fatou, Fatou, Mbene, Fatou, Codou, Ndeye Arame, Daba, Sokhna, Momy

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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