A loan of $1,275 helped a member to buy fish.

Demin Group's story

The five members of the Demin group are married women, who average 42 years of age with an average of five children each. The majority of them live in polygamous families in Kamalen Sirakoro, a district of the town of Sikasso.

They are on their fifth loan from the micro-finance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, with a view to satisfying their ever-growing customer demand. Their previous loans have been repaid in full.

Sali, dressed in white and standing in the middle of the photo, has been buying and selling fish for around six years. With her loan she is planning to buy five crates of smoked fish and four baskets of fresh fish. She gets her supplies in Sikasso town's Grand Market. She resells them at a fixed place in the market in Kamalen Sirakoro and within her family, to a customer base made up of men and women, for cash.

She is expecting to make an average monthly profit of 47,500FCFA, part of which will be used for daily household expenses, while the rest will be saved.

In this group: Sali , Aicha , Mamou , Assan , Rahma

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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