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

Dougouyiriwaton 2 Group's story

Mostly married and living in traditional extended families, the seven women of Dougouyiriwaton 2 Group have an average age of 43 and five 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, work, and kinship. They buy and sell all sorts of condiments, cereals, and clothing. In order to satisfy increasingly numerous and demanding customers, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan. Ms. Koniba (first woman standing in the black t-shirt with blue stripes) excels at selling peanuts. She is very sought-after. She plans to use her loan to buy three bags of peanuts from the fair in Kimparana. She makes her sales for cash to a retail clientele of women and men. With this loan, Ms. Koniba hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 8,500 FCFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to help her spouse take care of household expenses.

In this group: Biba, Bintou, Mamine, Koniba, Batoma, Sali, Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh

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