A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy fish.


Djekafo Group's story

The six women who compose the Djekafo group are for the most part married in polygamous families. They average 37 years of age and 5 children each. They all live in the town of Koury, in the Sikasso region (third administrative region of Mali) and they know each other through family, neighborhood and professional ties. They buy and sell milk, fish, and various other goods. In order to increase their business, the members of the group have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on to their fifth solidarity loan. They have already properly repaid four previous loans. Nana, the first woman from the right in the photo, is by all accounts a major fish seller. She is very much sought after and appreciated for the quality of her fish. She is planning to use her loan to buy three boxes of smoked fish and one box of dry fish. She gets her merchandise from local wholesale dealers, and she sells retail, for cash and often on credit, to a customer base made up of men and women. With her loan, Nana is expecting average monthly profits to reach 65,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in the activity, and also used to take care of some of her family's needs.

In this group: Mamou , Nana , Mariam , Dado , Tata , Koniba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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