A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy 15 "pagnes".

Geswendebala De Sect15 Group's story

Gisèle is in charge of the Geswendebala Sect 15 group and is married with five children. The eldest of the children is 19 years old and the youngest 10 months. Three go to school and Gisèle has five dependents.

She has been selling "pagnes" (pieces of decorative fabric) for the past six years. She gets her supplies in the Sector 10 market in town. Her customers come from all over the town. She would like to buy 15 "pagnes".

Gisèle would like to open a savings account for her profits but she has a child who is ill and has not been able to yet; she hopes to be able to do it this time. She has been able to reopen her workshop which had been closed and where she sells her fabric. Her ambition is to buy more "pagnes" to strengthen her workshop.

In this group: Gisele, Fatimata, Aissatou Hamidou, Kiswendsida Aoua, Fati, Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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