A loan of $4,900 helped a member to buy rice, oil and condiments for her restaurant.


Mariama Mina's Group's story

These two women are founding members of the local Banc Villageois, and they have set an example that many would like to follow. They have worked steadily at expanding their activities and never stopped believing in the system. They are highly experienced merchants who have availed themselves of all that the MFI has to offer.

Mrs. Mariama (with her hand raised in the photo), is the featured member for the group. She is 49 years old and married with six children, three boys and three girls. She has been running a restaurant for over 10 years, and she has a few employees to help her manage the business. As a side business, she sells ice cream in her neighborhood.

This new loan will help her to stock up on rice at 15,000 FCFA per bag. She will also buy ten 20-liter jugs of oil, and some condiments. She buys her vegetables on a day-to-day basis depending on the daily special.

She will use her profits to build a house to better help her children pursue their studies.

In this group: Mariama Mina, Binta

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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