A loan of $1,300 helped a member purchase food products.

Jiguitougou Group's story

JIGUITOUGOU is composed of six married women who are on average 35 years old, have 4 children, and live in monogamous families in SANOUBOUGOU, a working-class neighborhood of the city of Sikasso (third largest administrative region of Mali). They are on their fourth loan from microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso, after having paid back the previous loans in a timely manner. Mrs SIRA, who sells condiments, is pictured second from right with a canned good of tomatoes in her hand. She plans to use her loan to purchase 3 cartons of Maggi bouillon cubes, 25 kilos of salt, 100 kilos of onions, 2 baskets of fresh cabbage, 5 baskets of fresh tomatoes, 10 boxes of tomato concentrate and 2 boxes of other condiments (peppers, boabab leaves). These items are generally purchased at the large market in the city of Sikasso and the surrounding villages, and sold in Sikasso markets as well as through family connections to a largely female clientele by cash or credit. She hopes to achieve monthly revenues of 40,000 FCFA (approximately 83 USD), a portion of which will be used to pay back the interest on her loan and the other portion will be deposited into her savings account.

In this group: Sira , Adam , Alima Soumba , Bibata , Nana , Naminata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chloé Tuot

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