A loan of $2,425 helped a member pour acheter des pommes de terre.

Soutoura Group's story

The Soutoura group is composed exclusively of married women. Most of the group's 6 members live in traditional families. Their average age is 35 and they have an average of 4 children.

They all live in the city of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali) and met one another through family, being neighbors, and marriage. The group members run small businesses selling potatoes, incense, firewood, soaps, cooking oils, and clothes.

With the goal of growing their businesses, the members joined Soro Yiriwaso and they're in their 11th loan cycle together.

Madame Fily (standing in the middle of the photo) is the potato seller in the group. She would like to use her loan to buy one ton of potatoes. She gets her supplies from farmers and wholesalers. She sells at retail, for cash, and on credit, at home and at the market, to a clientele composed predominantly of women. With her loan, Madame Fily believes she can reach an average monthly profit of 140.000 FCFA which she'll use to reinvest in her business and take care of family needs.

In this group: Fily , Djeneba , Albatourou, Egeni , Mariam, Nassan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Kenin

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