A loan of $1,600 helped a member to buy a variety of items.

Laïdou Group's story

The women belonging to the Laïdou group are all married women, who average 29 years of age, have on average four children each and live in extended traditional families in the town of Fana in the Koulikoro region. They got to know each other through relatives, neighbors and friends. They trade in cereals, perfumes, condiments, clothing and milk.

The women in the Laïdou group are on their tenth group loan, which will be used to buy cereals, ingredients for making perfume, condiments, clothing and milk.

Ada, the second person from the right of the photo, is planning to buy three sacks of rice from wholesalers in Niono, four bags of dried onions and five kilos of table salt from wholesalers in Bamako, so that she can then resell them locally on a retail basis to a customer base made up of women and men. She expects to make an average monthy profit of 40,000FCFA which will be used for family needs; part will also be reinvested in her trading activity.

In this group: Aminata, Ada, Nana, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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