A loan of $175 helped a member to buy some "dah" (or Roselle, a species of Hibiscus).

Soutoura Group's story

The four women who compose the Soutoura group are mostly married in extended traditional families. On average, they are 35 years old and have five children each. They all live in a village called Niazekan, located in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali). They know one another through ties of community, commerce and kinship, and they buy and sell condiments.

In order to meet the needs of an increasingly numerous and demanding group of customers, the members of the group have decided to join the micro-loan program offered by Soro Yiriwaso, and this is their first solidarity loan.

Baba Lassina, second from the left in the photo, is a very experienced "datou" seller. [Datou is a fermented condiment made from dah, a species of hibiscus]. Her goods are in high demand at the Mopti market. On market days especially, she sells to many customers who come from surrounding areas.

She is planning to use her loan to buy 500 kg of dah which she will processes into "datou".

She sells for cash to a retail customer base consisting of men and women.

Baba Lassina is expecting average monthly profits from this loan to reach 7,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in her activity and also used to help her husband with the household expenses.

In this group: Hawa , Fayiho , Baba Lassina , Secho

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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