A loan of $5,375 helped a member to buy fish.

Elisabeth Siga's Group's story

This banc villageois, created on December 13, 2008, is a Catholic Women's Association whose members, moved by a feeling of amity and solidarity, have decided to open their group to other women.

Élisabeth, age 50, is a widow and the mother of six children with an additional seven children in her care. She takes care of her family alone, without any support.

She is involved in retail and sells fish at the market.

Élisabeth will use her loan to buy 10 crates of fish. The type of fish she buys depends on what is available on the market.

With the profits from her activity, Élisabeth is able to feed her family and to cover school fees for her children. She has also been able to strengthen her savings and to pay her interest thanks to her small retail activity.

In this group: Elisabeth Siga, Helene Fatou, Melanie, Elisabeth*, Irma, Veronique, Cecile, Khady, Oumou
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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