A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy néré seeds.


Kotognogontala Group's story

The majority of the six women of the Kotognogontala group are married in traditional families; they average 39 years of age and five children each. They all live in the neighborhood of the Bougoula hamlet in the town of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali) and they know each other through family, neighborhood and professional ties.

They sell charcoal, fabrics, condiments for cooking, firewood, shoes, and they also prepare and sell soumbala (a condiment prepared from néré seeds).

In order to expand their businesses, the members of the group have joined Soro Yiriwaso, and this is their ninth solidarity loan.

Mariam, standing, second from the left, is planning to use her loan to buy 55 kg of néré seeds. She buys her supplies locally in Bougoula, and then processes néré seeds to make soumbala , which she resells as an itinerant seller and from home, to a customer base comprising men and women.

With this loan, Mariam is expecting average monthly profits to reach 65,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in her business and also used to take care of some of her household needs.

In this group: Awa , Mariam , Bintou , Fanta , Djenebou Yacouba , Djenebou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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