A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy cartloads of firewood.

Sabougnouma (La Bonne Cause) Group's story

Sabougnouma Group is made up of one unmarried and nine married women, who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. They average 29 years of age and at least three children.

The women of the group sell various products, such as firewood, clothes, cereals, fruits and vegetables, etc. In order to bolster their businesses, last year they decided to join the loan program of Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso.

They are seeking their second group loan, and the previous one was repaid without problems.

Mamou Issa is a member of the group, and she sells firewood. She intends to use her loan to buy cartloads of firewood from producers. She gets her firewood supplies in various parts of the bush: Kapala, Try, and Beresso.

She has a very large stock, stored somewhere in her concession. She retails the firewood for cash at her home, to a very diverse clientele.

Whereas the members of the group intend to turn an average profit of XOF 70'000 (ca US$ 130) during this loan cycle, Mamou Issa intends to reach XOF 80'000 (ca US$ 150).

In addition to repaying the loan, the women will use part of the income to cope with the family's daily expenses.

Mamou Issa would like to strengthen her partnership with Soro Yiriwaso, in order to have more permanent stocks.

Note: Fatoumata is missing in the group photograph because of the death of her child.

In this group: Mamou Issa, Fatoumata, Mariam Amadi, Kiya, Rokia, Tenin, Aminata, Aoussata, Malado, Fatoumata*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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