A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy calabashes.


Konotie Yele Group's story

The women of the Konotie Yele group are all married. Their average age is 42 years old, and they have about three children each. They all live in large extended families in the village of Konobougou, in the Ségou region (fourth-largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali). They were introduced to one another by relatives, neighbors, and friends. They sell prepared food, clothing, jewellery, fish, etc. The women of the Konotie Yele group are on their 16th group loan.

Mariam, second from the right in the photo, plans to buy ten packages containing 20 calabashes each from farmers in the town of Massigui and the village of Tona. She will then sell the calabashes at the market in Konobougou to a clientele made up of both men and women.

She plans to make an average monthly profit of 30,000 FCFA which will be used to meet the needs of her family. Part of the profit will be reinvested in her calabash-selling business.

In this group: Mariam , Fatoumata , Oumou , Salimata , Mama

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry



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