A loan of $2,650 helped a member to transform food products to sell.

Bokk Jom Group's story

The name 'Bokk Jom' was chosen to illustrate this group's solidarity and their love for work. The group was created on December 4th, 2007. It has seven [female] members who are longstanding friends and neighbors. The women's main business activity is commerce.

The leader of this group is 49-year-old Yacine. She is married and has two children. She is also responsible for her four nieces and nephews. She has been running a business transforming palm oil with the support of a local company for one year. She has also always sold couscous and has good experience in this line of work. Yacine is the lady who is standing on the far right of this photo dressed in white and raising her right hand.

Yacine obtains fresh supplies close by and makes her sales in the central town market.

This loan will allow Yacine to increase the quantity of couscous that she produces and the amount of palm kernels she transforms so that she can earn more income. Yacine hopes to help her husband with their daily expenses and to support their children with their various needs. She would also like to buy them a plot of land.

In this group: Yacine, Gaye, Coumba, Sokhna Maye, Binetou, Fatou Kine, Ndeye Diakhere

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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