A loan of $600 helped a member to purchase ingredients to make soap.

Soutoura Group's story

The four members of the group Soutoura are married women with an average age of 37 and who have an average of 4 children. They mostly live in monogamous families in Sanoubougou I, one of the popular neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso.

The women are on their tenth loan with the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso, in order to better meed the needs of their customers. Siradje is in the soap business with this group of women of Soutoura; she is pictured second from the left in the photo.

Siradje plans on using her loan to purchase 1/2 cask of oil and one 50kg bag of lime in order to make soap. She resells it at retail on site, within the family, and at the market, to a customer base made up mainly of women who pay in cash and once in a while on credit.

Siradje hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 17,500 francs CFA, a portion of which will be used to pay back the loan and interest, and the other portion for savings.

In this group: Mariam, Diarh, Siradje, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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