A loan of $725 helped a member to purchase soap.

Farafina Lolo Group's story

The five members of the Farafina Lolo group are married women. They are on average 32 years old with an average of 3 children each. The majority of the members live in monogamous families in the Babema neighborhood of the city of Sikasso.

These women are on their second loan with the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso, in the hopes of meeting the needs of their customers.

Kadia is in the soap business in this group of women. She is shown standing in the middle of the photo. She plans on using her portion of the loan proceeds to purchase 3 bags of traditional soap (kabakourouni) and reselling it at retail on site at a market, to a customer base made up mostly of women paying in cash.

Kadia hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA, of which a portion will be used to pay off the loan and interest, and the rest will go toward savings. She hopes to increase her sales in order to better meet the needs of her customers.

In this group: Kadia, Djeneba, Rokia, Saran, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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