A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy firewood.

Ladiri (La Dignité) Group's story

Ladiri is a group of women, made up six married women and three widows from the town of Koutiala; they know each other well and live in large traditonal families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They average 46 years of age and have at least five children each.

This group of women sell a variety of products such as firewood and clothing. In order to increase their business volume, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program two years ago. They are on their third group loan and all the previous loans have been repaid in full.

Saran is a member of the Ladiri group and sells firewood. She is standing on the far left of the photo and is dressed in a white fabric with blue stripes.She is planning to use her loan to buy several barrow loads of firewood to stock up. She gets her wood in the bush country areas of Bellesso Sanga and Kojouna. She sells the wood on a retail basis, from home for cash, to a varied customer base. While the other members of the Ladiri group are expecting to make an average profit of 120,000FCFA throughout the course of the cycle, Saran is expecting to make a 140,000FCFA profit.

They will use their revenue to repay their loans and also to cover household running expenses. They are all aiming to diversify the goods they sell in the near future.

In this group: Saran, Sitan, Jeanne, Massan, Minata, Fanta, Fatoumata, Kadia, Chata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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