A loan of $775 helped a member to buy plastic shoes.


Sabougnouman Group's story

The four women who make up the Sabougnouman group are all married in monogamous families, and have an average age of 32 and an average of four children each. They live in Pelengana, the administrative center of the rural community located in the country of Ségou (Mali’s fourth-largest administrative region). They know each other because they are related or are neighbors. The group’s members work in small-scale retail selling high-grade “pagnes” (traditional wrap-around cloth), cosmetics, shoes and gum arabic. To increase their working capital and buy their supplies in cash, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their seventh group loan cycle. Fatoumata (the first woman from right to left in the photo) is a successful seller of all kinds of shoes in Pelengana. She plans to use her loan to buy 200 pairs of plastic shoes in the Grand Market of Bamako. She will resell her goods on a cash and credit basis from home, on the street and in Pelengana market, and her customers are mainly women. Fatoumata hopes that the loan will allow her to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA. She will use this money to reinvest in her business, as well as to provide for her children’s education and health expenses. Like the other members of the group, Fatoumata wants to increase her business volume with this support from Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mamou , Fatoumata , Adjaratou , Djènèbou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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