A loan of $775 helped a member buy nere seeds.

Djiguiya (Espoir) Group's story

Djiguiya is a group of Koutiala women who know each other well and who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They average 42 years of age, are married with at least two children each.

This group of women retail various items such as condiments, sugar, firewood, etc.

To expand the scope of their activities, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program at least 8 years ago. They are on their seventeenth group loan.

Mamou is a member of the Djiguiya group who sells Sounbala (a condiment made from nere, very popular with women of Mali). She is the only one wearing a blue shawl in the picture.

She plans to use her loan to buy bags of nere. She gets the nere nuts from wholesalers in Koutiala and Sikasso. She then transforms the nere into Sounbala. She retails Sounbala for cash at the Koutiala market, at home and as an itinerant vendor to a diverse and varied clientele. She is quite in demand.

While the other Djiguiya group members expect to make an average profit of 142,500 FCFA each during this loan cycle, Kadiatou expects to achieve 150,000 FCFA. In addition to repaying the loans, they use a portion of their income to meet personal expenses and increase their stock in trade.

In this group: Kadiatou, Fatoumata, Maimouna, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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