A loan of $4,550 helped a member to buy 30,000 CFAF worth of bags of pain de singe, a sufficient amount of bissap, and one bag of sugar to last her through the rainy season.


Apresse Doumassou Group's story

This group of energetic women has played a dynamic role in the activities of the Banc Villageois ever since its inception in 2009. A great atmosphere fills the gatherings of the members, who work in small trade. Mrs. Aminata (sitting at the far right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower from this group. She is a 42-year-old married woman without any dependent children. She has a refrigerator where she keeps the juices that she prepares including bissap (hibiscus flower), pain de singe (baobab fruit) and other local fruit juices. She will use this loan to buy 30,000 CFAF worth of bags of pain de singe, a sufficient amount of bissap, and one bag of sugar to last through the rainy season. In addition to covering electricity costs, the profits will allow her to care for her father and add to her savings.

In this group: Housseye, Maimouna*, Maimouna, Elisa, Mballou, Aissatou, Mariama*, Satou, Coumba, Ndeye Khar, Aminata, Nogoye, Sagna*, Marie Joseph, Adama, Jeanna Redwige, Salimata, Mariama, Salimata, Mahawa, Adama*, Dienaba, Ndeye Bouya
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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