A loan of $1,225 helped a member to buy fish.

Djidja (Courage) Group's story

Djidja is a group of women from Koutiala who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. They are all married with at least five children, and the average age of the group in 32 years old.

These women sell various items such as clothing, vegetables, soap, and smoked fish.

In order to expand their business, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's credit program. This is their first group loan. Diarra, seated in the middle, is the group member who sells smoked fish of all varieties: carp, catfish, sardines, etc.

She plans to use her loan to buy 5 large baskets of fish from wholesalers. She sells her fish retail for cash both from her home and at the market to a wide range of customers.

While the other group members expect to earn, on average, a profit of 50,000 FCFA each over the course of the loan cycle, Diarra expects to earn 65,000 FCFA.

In addition to repaying their loans, part of the revenue is used to cover everyday family expenses. Diarra hopes to strengthen her partnership with Soro Yiriwaso so that she can become a wholesaler.

In this group: Kadia, Diarra, Oumou, Sali, Minata, Kadia

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry

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