A loan of $5,875 helped a member to buy bundles of brooms and baskets of fruits to sell.


Pauline's Group's story

This group was formed when Santhiaba was divided in two. Created on March 23, 2001, of women from the same district and their friends from other districts, the group quickly grew large enough to be divided into two groups. The majority of its members are involved in the business of selling vegetables, fruits etc. Mrs. Elisabeth is a widow, 65 years old, and has five children, two boys and three girls between the ages of 21 and 13. She is to the right in the photo, standing with her hand raised. She is in the business of selling brooms and seasonal fruits. With this loan she plans to buy three bundles of brooms at 123,000 frs per unit, one load of watermelons at 70,000, and use 15,000 frs for working capital. The profits made will be used to meet food, education, and healthcare needs of her children, and also to increase her saving in the program.

In this group: Pauline *, Fatoumata, Ramatoulaye, Maïmouna , Mariama, Elisabeth , Adama, Ouly
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold



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