A loan of $1,375 helped a member purchase condiments.

Balimaya Group's story

The woman who form the Balimaya group are all married, are on average 33 years old with three children, and all live in traditional homes with their extended families in the village of Madoudiarrabougou, prefecture of Fana, in the region of Koulikoro (second largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali). They know each other through linkages of family, neighborhood and friendship. They are all involved in the commerce of food condiments, wood, and grains.

The women in the group are asking for their fourth loan in order to purchase millet, wood and condiments. Oumou (second person from the right in the group of standing women in the photo), plans to stock up on bulk quantities of condiments in Fana and Dioïla, and then re-sell these products in her village. She sells on credit or cash to a customer base largely comprised of women. She hopes to gain monthly profits of 20,000 FCFA [approximately 40.50 USD] to take care of her needs and that of her children.

In this group: Kinza , Kadia , Minata B , Mama , Dounamba , Batoma , Oumou , Kankou, Sama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chloé Tuot

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