A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy food products for resale.

Anta Mbaye Thiam Group's story

The Anta community bank was formed on October 5th, 2011, the date their village bank was created. The group has 12 female members who are from the same area and linked by a strong sense of solidarity. Their main business activity is commerce.

Fatou is the group's leader. She is 40 years old, married, and has seven children. She has a business selling cowpeas and other foodstuffs. She has a good two years experience and also sews for a living. She is standing on the far right of the photo, dressed in a multi-colored dress, and has her hands on her hips.

Fatou buys her products in large quantities in order to make more income.

Fatou plans to increase her savings in order to help her husband with their family expenses. She would also like to meet her children's needs and buy a plot of land for them.

In this group: Fatou, Mbrama, Aïcha, Khady, Anta, Thiam, Sokhna, Faty, Maguette, Awa*, Fatou, Fama*
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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