A loan of $225 helped a member to buy millet.


Dougouyiriwaton 1 Group's story

All married and living in traditional extended families, the seven women of Dougouyiriwaton 1 Group have an average age of 46 and six children. They all live in the village of Nikankan in Segou, the 4th largest administrative region in Mali. They know each other via neighborhood ties, marriage, and kinship. They buy and sell cereals and various goods as well as make and sell doughnuts. In order to enhance their business, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan. Ms. Sitan (first person, from left to right, in the photo) plans to use her loan to buy 50 kg of millet from the farmers in her village. Then she will make very high-quality doughnuts that she sells for cash to a clientele of women and men. With this loan, Ms. Sitan hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 8,000 FCFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of her household expenses.

In this group: Sitan D. , Sali , Djenebou , Korotoumou , Sanata , Fatoumata , Sitan
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh



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