A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy fonio.

Pima Group's story

The four women in the Pima group are married (mainly in polygamous families), with an average age of 33 and an average of five children. They all live in the Massablacoura district of the city of Bougouni, and are either related through family or marriage or know each other because they are neighbors.
Like the president of the group Mariam they buy and sell cereals, as well as seasoning for cooking (peanut butter and peanut oil), containers and clothes.
To expand their business the members of the group have joined Soro Yiriwaso, and are now on their seventh group loan. The six previous loans have all been correctly repaid.
Mariam (the first woman moving from right to left in the photo) is an important vendor of all kinds of cereals, and is valued and sought-after in Bougouni. She plans to use her loan to buy 17 bags of fonio from rural producers in the surrounding villages. She makes sales on a cash, retail and credit basis to both male and female customers.
With this loan Mariam hopes to make an average monthly profit of 80,000 francs CFA, which she will reinvest in her business and use to help her husband meet certain household expenses.

In this group: Mariam, Fatoumata, Djélika, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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