A loan of $4,900 helped a member to buy various goods (seafood, palm oil, groundnut dough and special tinted fabric (thioub).

Ngalanka Group's story

This solidarity group was set up on 31st May 2007. It is made up of 13 women who all live in the same neighborhood (Amy who is shown in the inset was absent when the photo was taken). They are all neighbors or friends. Their main activity is small-scale trading.

Fatou (standing on the right of the photo and raising her hand) is in charge of the group. She is 48 years old, married and mother to seven children.

She sells in the central market where she has a table with various goods such as seafood, palm oil, groundnut dough and special tinted fabrics (thioub).

With the loan she receives, she is planning on buying more goods and strengthening her business. Her aim is to generate more resources in order to be able to provide more easily for her family's needs. However, she also wants to increase her savings in order to gain financial autonomy.

In this group: Fatou Ndiaye , Aminata, Foune, Awa , Hawa, Astou, Awa, Satou, Nene, Ndeye Aîcha, Awa, Ami, Amy

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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