A loan of $975 helped a member to buy shea nuts.


Djantoyerela Group's story

The four members of the Djantoyerela group are married women averaging 41 years of age, with five children. They live in polygamous families in Noumousso, a working-class neighborhood in the town of Kadiolo (the third administrative district of Mali). They are on their seventh loan with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution, with the goal of meeting customer demand. Prior loans have been duly repaid. Sitan, standing on the far right on the photo, is the one who prepares and sells shea butter in this group. She plans to use her loan to purchase a dozen of 100-kg bags of shea nuts. She stocks up in the villages around the town of Kadiolo, and at the big town market on market days. After preparing shea butter, she sells it at the market and out of her home, to a customer base composed of both men and women, for cash. She plans to achieve an average monthly profit of 37,250 West African Francs, one part of which will be used to pay off the loan with interest, and the other part put away as savings.

In this group: Sitan , Kadiatou , Gnama , Rokia
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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