A loan of $625 helped a member to purchase mortars and pestles.


Fokaben Group's story

All married within polygamous families, the four women of the Benkadi Group are on average 42 years old and have six children. They all live in the rural village of Sakoïba in the region of Ségou and know each other through kinship and marriage. The group members sell small goods like mortars, simple gourds which have been carved. In order to strengthen their businesses, the group members decided to partner with Soro Yiriwaso, and are on their 12th group loan.

Madam Awa, second from the left, sells mortars and pestles engraved with beautiful sayings and images, particularly during marriage seasons. She intends to use this loan to purchase 75 plain gourds which will be carved. To do the engraving, she puts needles in the fire for at least one hour. When they turn red, she removes them from the fire then makes her beautiful drawings, according to the tastes of her customers, on the outside of the gourd.

She obtains fresh supplies from the blacksmiths in the nearby villages, and conducts her sales in cash and credit from her home, in the surrounding villages, and in the main market of Ségou, to a mostly female clientele. With this loan, Madam Awa hopes to earn average monthly profits of 30,000FCFA which she will use to reinvest in her business and supply her family with grain.

In this group: Kadiatou , Awa , Bintou , Kadiatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon



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