A loan of $950 helped a member to buy condiments.

Jumelle Group's story

Jumelle is a group of six married women who average 33 years of age with an average of four children each; the majority of them live in monogamous families in the town of Sikasso (Mali's third administrative region).

They are on their third loan from the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, with the objective of satisfying their customers' needs; the previous two loans were repaid without any difficulties.

Aminata trades in condiments in the Jumelle group and she is third from the left on the photo, wearing a red shirt.

With her loan she is planning to buy three cartons of Maggi stock cubes, 25kg of rock salt, 50kg of onions, two baskets of fresh cabbge, five baskets of fresh tomatoes and ten tins of tomato concentrate at Sikasso's grand market and in the neighboring villages. She sells her goods at the market in the Médine district, on a retail basis, for cash and often on credit to a customer base made up principally of women.

She is expecting to make an average monthly profit of 35,000 FCFA, of which part will be used to pay off her loan and the interest and the rest saved.

In this group: Aminata , Awa , Kamissa , Maimouna , Bintou , Djeneba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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