A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy in large quantity the various products needed for making juice and ice cream.

Campde Garde /mame Diarra Group's story

The Mame Diarra group was created in November 2006, the day of the inauguration of the "banc villageois". It is composed of 23 women who are all from the same neighborhood. Their principle activity is small-scale retailing.

Madame Dalanda (seated in second position from left to right) is the leader of the group. She is 65, married and the mother of seven children. She has been selling ice creams and juice in her neighborhood for more than 15 years. With this loan she counts on buying various products in large quantity for making juice and ice cream.

The profit from her business will permit her to help her husband with the day-to-day expenses of the household and to add to her savings.

In this group: Rosa, Adama, Mayo Coumba, Kadidiatou, Fatoumata, Dalanda, Jeannette, Ginette, Helene, Khady, Housseynatou, Maimouna, Mame Anna, Desire, Kine, Housseye, Awa, Elisabeth, Aissatou Meta, Martine, Sokhna, Mariama Dianke, Khady Diop

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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