A loan of $800 helped a member to buy condiments (chili peppers, pepper, garlic), sugar and other items.

Sop Absa Diakhate Group's story

The Sop Sokhna Absa Diakhaté solidarity group was set up on 21st September, the day of their first loan from the Banc Villageois. The group is made up of seven women from the same town, who got together through friendship or as neighbors. They carry out the same activities (small businesses).

Astou (standing on the right of the photo) is in charge of the group. She is 39 years old, married and mother to three children, and she has a younger sister. She has a small shack where she sells condiments (chili peppers, garlic, pepper) and she also has a refridgerator which enables her to make and sell ice-cream.

With the loan she has received, she is going to increase her supplies, by buying the goods mentioned above in order to resell them in her town.

Her profits will allow her to help out her brother with the management of the family and to boost her savings in the Banc Villageois.

In this group: Asta, Alima , Daba, Ndiate, Ndeye Arame, Maguette , Ndeye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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