A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy condiments.

Badegna Group's story

The members of the BADEGNA group are all married women who average 38 years of age and 4 children each. They live in monogamous families in Massablaccoura, a neighborhood of the city of Bougouni (3rd administrative region of Mali).

It is the ninth time that these women are working with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso, in order to meet the needs of their customers. DJENEBA sells condiments, while other women of the group are involved in general retail business, or sell firewood and rice.

Sitting first from the right in the photo, DJENEBA is planning to buy 50 kilos of pimento and one box of "Maggi" bouillon cubes. She buys her goods from wholesalers at the grand market in Bougouni. She sells on that same market or from home to a customer base which mostly consists of women. She sells retail, for cash and on credit.

DJENEBA is expecting average monthly profits to reach 90,000 CFA francs, part of which will be used to help her husband cover the daily expenses, while the rest will be invested in her business.

In this group: Djeneba, Fanta, Kadiatou, Djeneba, Ami, Diakassan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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