A loan of $1,975 helped a member to buy nere (an important food and condiment-producing plant) seeds.


Sinignesigui Group's story

The seven women of the "Sinignesigui" group are married, belong mainly to traditional households, are on average 40 years old with 5 children, and all live in the Bougoula town area of the city of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali). They know each other through familial, neighbourhood, and business connections. They sell fabric, condiments, firewood, and shoes, and make and sell sumbala (a widely-used condiment). With the goal of increasing their capital, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their ninth group loan cycle. Ms. Djénébou Madou, sitting all the way on the left, intends to use her loan to buy 60 kg of nere seeds (used to make sumbala). She gets her supplies local at Bougoula and then converts the nere seeds to sumbala in the traditional manner. She sells sumbala door-to-door and at home to a clientele composed of consumers and retailers. With this loan, Ms. Djénébou Madou intends to realize an average monthly profit 65,000 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her business and provide for certain household needs.

In this group: Anchata , Aminata , Tènè , Abi , Djenebou Madou , Bintou Karim , Kary
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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