A loan of $600 helped a member to buy pagnes (brightly printed West African clothing) of the wax type.


Jiguisseme Group's story

The four members of the "Jiguisseme" group are married women, on average 32 years old with 3 children. They live in monogamous households in Lafiabougou, one of the working-class areas in the city of Sikasso. They are on their second loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to satisfy the needs of their clientele. The previous loan was repaid properly. Maimouna, standing second from the left in the photo, sells pagnes wax (a type of brightly-printed West African cloth) in the Jiguisseme women's group. With her loan, she intends to buy one dozen pieces. She gets her supplies at the grand market in Sikasso and very often in Bamako. She re-sells them at home and door-to-door in various areas in the city of Sikasso, in cash, to a clientele composed of men and women. She foresees earning an average monthly profit of 23,250 FCFA, of which one portion is used to repay the loan and its interest, with the rest going to her savings.

In this group: Ami , Maimouna , Sali , Mariam
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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