A loan of $400 helped a member to buy food supplies.


Sigija Group's story

Composed exclusively of married women, the four members of the group SIGIJA live in polygamous families, and they average 47 years of age and six children each. The women all live in Kolondièba Cercle and know one another through ties of community, kinship, and marriage. They buy and sell a variety of goods, such as grains, pagnes (colorful cloth of western Africa), condiments, etc.

With the goal of increasing their business capital, the group members joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first solidarity loan.

Chata, who is the woman seated in the photo, is the group's president. She buys and sells grains and condiments.

She intends to use her loan to buy 2 packets of different kinds of condiments and 2 sacks of grain from retailers of the Kolondièba market. The sales are made in cash or on credit to a customer base composed of men and women.

With this loan, Ms. Chata hopes to make an average monthly profit 21,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in her business and meeting certain household needs.

In this group: Chata , Minata , Awa , Djelika

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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