A loan of $2,350 helped a member to purchase calabashes.


Konotieyelen Group's story

The women of the Konotieyelen group, which is composed of married women and widows, are on average 43 years old and have two children. They all live in extended traditional families in the town of Konobougou, in the Barouéli prefecture in the Ségou region (fourth administrative region of the republic of Mali).

They met through family, neighbourhood, and friendship ties. They sell calabashes, condiments, clothes, and fish.

The women in the Konotieyelen group are on their fifteenth loan.

Mariam, who is first on the right in the row of women who are sitting, plans to buy five baskets of calabashes from the salesmen in Tona to then sell to customers in Fana and Bamako.

She hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40 000FCFA which she will use partly for her family's needs and partly to reinvest in her calabash business.

In this group: Maï , Ami , Aminata , Maman , Oumou , Fatoumata , Mariam , Salimata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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