A loan of $400 helped a member to buy bananas.


Danaya. Group's story

The 4 female members of the Danaya group are married and mostly live in traditional family settings. They have an average age of 33 and, on average, 2 children. They all live in the town of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to family and neighbourly relationships, and marriage. The group members are all small retailers, selling kitchen utensils, bananas, yams, ice, juice and various fruit. They decided to join Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business, and are on their 3rd group loan.

Afou, on the left of the picture, sitting at the back, is the group member who sells fruit. She plans to use her loan to buy a dozen baskets of bananas. She gets her supplies from farmers and wholesalers and makes her sales, for cash or credit, door-to-door and at the market, to a retail clientèle composed mainly of women. Afou expects to make an average monthly profit of 22 000 francs which will be reinvested in her business and used to help her husband with some of the family expenses.

In this group: Sitan , Oumou , Maimouna , Afou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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