A loan of $925 helped a member to purchase required inputs for making fruit juice.


Sabaly Group's story

Made up of four married women, one widow, and one divorcee, the members of the Sabaly Group live in large traditional families, are on average 41 years old, and each have five children. They all live in the town of Sikasso (the third administrative region of Mali) and know each other through marriages, kinship, and as neighbors. The group members run small businesses, selling fruits, condiments, fabric, and clothing, and also process fruits into juices: ginger, tamarind, grape, zaban, and baobab.

In order to increase their working capital, the group members partnered with Soro Yiriwaso and are in their twelfth group loan cycle. Madam Mariam (the first woman in the front from the right on the left of the photo) is one of the group's juice makers and sellers. She intends to use her loan to buy one bag of sugar, 20 kilos of ginger-root, two packets of flavoring, and one packet of spice. She buys her supplies locally from wholesellers, and after making her gingerjuice, performs her retail sales for cash or credit, in the streets and in the market, to a clientele made up of men and women. Madam Marian hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 FCFA which she will use to reinvest in her business and care for her household needs.

In this group: Aïssata , Aminata , Aminata , Abi , Mariam , Sirantou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon



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