A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy a variety of products.

Djekafo (La Même Voix) Group's story

Djekafo is a group of women from the first district of Koutiala, who know each other well and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They average 40 years of age, and four of them of single and four married, with at least one child each.

This group of women trades in various products, particularly clothes, soaps, sounbala (a West African spice) and others. In order to build up their business, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program two years ago. They are on their fourth group loan.

Fatoumata is a member of the Djekafo group and sells clothing and plastic products. In the photo she is wearing a white shawl with blue stripes round her neck and is standing in front of her goods.

She is planning to use her loan to buy a bale of "wax" fabric at Bamako's Grand Market, as well as iceboxes and thermos flasks from Lomé. She sells her products on a retail basis, for cash, to a diverse customer base at the market in Koutiala and from home.

While the other members of the Djekafo group are expecting to make an average profit of 187,125FCFA each over the course of the cycle, Fatoumata is expecting to make 210,000FCFA.

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

In this group: Fatoumata , Chata , Bintou , Aminata , Tene , Mariamou , Mariamou , Batoma

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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