A loan of $750 helped a member to buy some pagnes.


Deme Group's story

The Deme group is mostly made up of married women with an average age of 35 and, on average, 5 children. Most of them live in monogamous families in Sanoubougou I, one of the popular districts in the town of Sikasso. This will be the group's 2nd loan from Soro Yiriwaso, and has been requested so that the women can keep up with their customer demand. Their previous loan was fully repaid.

One of the group's members, Djeneba, standing in the middle of the picture, sells clothing. She will use her part of the loan to buy 15 pieces of wax pagnes (traditional sarong-like clothing) from the Grand Market in Bamako. She and her family sell the merchandise from a fixed spot at the Grand Market of Sikasso, for cash, to a clientele composed mostly of women.

Djeneba anticipates making an average monthly profit of 20 000 francs, which she will use to repay the loan and interest, whilst saving the rest. She would like to increase her turnover so that she is in a better position to satisfy her customer's needs.

In this group: Djeneba , Oumou , Fatoumata , Kadiatou , Ami

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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