A loan of $725 helped a member to buy firewood.

Ben (Entente) Group's story

Ben is a group of women from Koutiala who are close friends and who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. Each of them is married with at least three children, and the average age of the group is 34 years old.

These women sell various items such as firewood, vegetables, and soap. To expand their business, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's credit program. This is their first group loan.

Fatoumata, second from the right, is the member of the Ben group who sells exclusively firewood.

She plans to use her loan to buy cartloads of firewood from the neighboring villages: Kapala, Gouintina, and Finkoloni. She sells her firewood both wholesale and retail for cash from her home to a diverse customer base.

While the other members of the Ben group expect to earn, on average, a profit of 45,000 FCFA each over the course of this loan cycle, Fatoumata expects to earn 55,000 FCFA.

In addition to paying back their loans, part of the revenue is used to cover everyday family expenses. They hope to strengthen their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso in order to avoid disruptions in their firewood supply.

In this group: Fatoumata, Mamou, Abi, Mamou, Mayama, Bintou, Kadia

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry

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