A loan of $900 helped a member purchase shallots.

Sewa Group's story

The six women comprising the Sewa group are married, have an average age of 41 years with 6 children, and mostly live in nuclear families. They all live in the Hamdallaye neighborhood in the city of Ségou, and met due to their similar retail activities at the Château Ségou market. They are all involved in the purchase and sale of wax, scarves, cereals and condiments (shallots, peppers, okra, etc). In order to increase their activity they reached out to Soro Yiriwaso, and are asking for their second group loan.
Fatoumata (seen standing on the far left in the photo) is involved in the sale of all types of condiments. She hopes to use her loan to purchase 200 kilos of shallots. She stocks up on products from the stallkeepers at Niono and the villages near Ségou, and re-sells them both in wholesale and in smaller quantities by cash and credit to a customer based largely comprised of women. She sells these products in an ambulatory way directly at people's homes or at the Château Ségou market. Fatoumata hopes to earn a monthly profit of 30,000 FCFA (approximately 58 USD) with this loan, which she will use to reinvest in her retail activity and to take charge of the little needs of her home.

In this group: Djènèbou, Rokia*, Fatoumata, Aminata, Mariam, Djènèbou
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chloé Tuot

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