A loan of $1,075 helped a member to purchase traditional, high-quality cloth (pagnes wax).


Sewa Group's story

Sewa is a group of 10 married women who, on average, are 35 years old, have 3 children and live mostly in monogamous families in the city of Sikasso. This is their first loan with microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso, which they are seeking in order to satisfy the needs of their customers and sell a variety of goods: spices, fruits and vegetables, clothing, grains, etc. Setou, standing in the center of the photo, runs a business purchasing and selling traditional, high-quality cloth (pagnes wax) and children's clothing. With her loan, she plans to purchase 30 pieces of high-quality, traditional cloth (pagnes wax) at the large market in Bamako, as well as from wholesalers in Bobo Dioulasso. She makes her sales at retail for cash and credit, from a family stall at the large market in Sikasso, to a group of customers made up of men and women. Setou expects to make a monthly profit of 30,000 CFA francs, part of which will be used to repay her loan and its interest, while the remainder will go into savings. She aims to increase her sales in order to better satisfy her customers.

In this group: Setou , Rokia , Mariam , Mariam Lavielle , Djeneba , Aminata , Korotoumou , Mariam, Adiaratou, Ada
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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