A loan of $1,775 helped a member purchase oil wholesale to retail from her home where she has a small cafeteria..


Awa's Group's story

This group is made up of 8 women who are very active in the “banc villageois” created on November 15, 2006. They all come from the same village and get along very well. Their main activity is small-scale retail.

Mrs. Awa (seated on the chair on the far right of the photo) is the star borrower of the group. She is 44 years old, married and the mother of two children (two boys). She buys and retails oil from her house where she has a small cafeteria, an activity she has been conducting for over 4 years.

With this loan, she is planning on getting her supplies from the weekly markets to resell in her village and the surrounding ones. With 130 000 Francs CFA worth of merchandise (20 liter oil drums) it takes her about 10 days to exhaust her stock. After 10 days, she will often end up with a net profit of 7,000 francs CFA after deducting all her expenses.

The profit from her activity will allow her to save and to cover part of her children’s school fees and support her husband at home.

In this group: Awa, Yaye Tall, Naba, Satou , Hawa, Tamarta, Adja, Sounkar
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Veronique Fourment



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