A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy ingredients for making soap.

Soutoura Group's story

SOUTOURA is a group made up of married women who are, on average, 35 years old and have four children. They live mostly in polygamous families in Sanoubougou I, one of the main districts in the city of Sikasso.
They are on their fourth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of meeting the demand of their customers.
Rokia, seated at the far left, is in the business of buying and selling soap.
She plans to buy cans of oil and caustic soda that she will make into soap and sell at retail and wholesale in the main market in Sikasso, in a fixed location as well as within the family, to a clientele of men and women, on credit.
She foresees earning an average monthly profit of 35,000 FCFA, a part of which will be used to pay the loan with interest. The rest will go into savings.

In this group: Rokia , Diaminatou , Aminata Toufoure , Oumou , Maimouna , Salimata , Aminata , Chata
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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