A loan of $1,475 helped a member to purchase rice.


Ankadignonyé Group's story

The six women of the Ankadignonyé Group are married, most of them in polygamous households, and average 58 years of age and four children per woman. They all live in Ségou (Mali's fourth administrative region) and met through neighborhood, family and marriage ties. They have a small business selling cereals (millet, black-eyed peas and rice), condiments (soumbala, a condiment [fermented mash, a source of protein] made from néré tree seeds) and plastic utensils.

With the goal of increasing their business, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso's loan program, through which they are on their 15th group loan cycle.

Mrs. Soungoura (the woman standing second to the right from the left side of the photo) is well-known for her sale of cereals in her neighborhood and surrounds. She plans to use her loan to purchase five sacks of rice. She obtains her supply of cereals from the fairgrounds at the grand market. Her sales are made for cash and credit to a group of customers made up of men and women. With this loan, Mrs. Soungoura hopes to see a monthly profit of 40,000 CFA francs, which will be used as a reinvestment in the business and to see to the upkeep of the children at home.

In this group: Yama , Soungoura , Sarata , Assitan , Rokia Minkoro , Nièba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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