A loan of $775 helped a member to buy honey.

Koto Allama Group's story

Koto Allama is a group of women from the Koko district of Koutiala, who know each other well and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They average 55 years of age, are all married and have at least five children each.

This group of women trade in various products such as cosmetics, food products and clothing. In order to build up their business, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program five years ago. They are on their ninth group loan and all the previous loans have been repaid in full.

Kadiatou is a member of the Koto Allama group and sells pure and natural honey; in the photo she is standing on the far right with bottles of honey over a bucket of honey.

She is planning to use her loan to buy containers of honey from producers. She gets her products from Koutiala's Grand Market and in villages. She sells her honey on a wholesale and retail basis, for cash, on a door-to-door basis to a diverse customer base.

While the other members of the Koto Allama group are expecting to make an average profit of 146,250FCFA each over the course of the cycle, Kadiatou is expecting to make 150,000FCFA.

As well as repaying their loans, the women use part of their income to cover their family's daily running costs.

In this group: Ramata, Ramata, Safiatou, Kadiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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