A loan of $1,200 helped a member to purchase ingredients for her restaurant.


Allamine Group's story

ALLAMINE is a group in the association BENKADI de TIELE. It comprises five women who know one another through ties of kinship and community. The women average 35 years of age, are married, and are mothers with at least five children, and they run different businesses, such as selling condiments, 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa), and food service, as is the case with KOTIE, who is standing first from the left in the photo. The women live in large traditional families in TIELE, in the Prefecture of Kati (Region of Koulikoro, Republic of Mali). They have been operating in small-scale commerce for several years and are much in demand in their businesses.

Concerned about satisfying the growing needs of their customers, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program three years ago. They are now on their fifth solidarity loan.

KOTIE, who is the group's president and well-known in TIELE, excels in the restaurant business. She intends to use her loan to purchase a few sacks of rice and some condiments of various types (black pepper, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, Maggi cubes). She gets her supplies in Bamako and locally from wholesalers, and she makes her sales retail, cash or credit, to a customer base composed of men and women.

She is hoping for a monthly profit of 50,000 francs CFA that will enable her to repay the loan and to reinvest in her business.

In this group: Kotie , Mariam, Anna , Djeneba, Haby

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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