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


Dèmè Group's story

Married for the most part in polygamous families, the ten women of the Dèmè group average 49 years of age and 5 children each. They all live in Gachi, a village located in the Segou region (fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other because they are neighbors, relatives, or have become relatives through marriage. They buy and sell grains (millet and rice), milk, millet flat cakes and condiments.

The members of the group have joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business, for some, or to start a new income-generating activity. This is their first solidarity loan.

Fatoumata (second woman sitting from the right in the photo) is a successful grain seller in Gachi and its surroundings. She sells different types of grains. She plans to use her loan to buy 3 bags of millet at the Gassola market. She sells for cash and on credit, to a customer base which consists of men and women.

With this loan, Fatoumata is expecting average monthly profits to reach 15,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in the business and also used to buy the condiments that her family needs.

In this group: Fatoumata , Sitan , Minata , Salimatou , Yah , Alimata , Mayama , Mayama , Minata , Safiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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