A loan of $1,800 helped a member to purchase plantains to sell.

Soutoura Group's story

The six members of the group SOUTOURA are essentially married women averaging 29 years of age and four children each. They live for the most part in monogamous families in Ouayerma I, a working-class district in Sikasso City. The women are on their 12th loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to satisfy the needs of their customers.

FILY, who is seated in the photo and wearing a white scarf, does commerce in plantains in this group of women. She has been in this business for about twelve years and enjoys great fame in this domain. She intends to use her loan to purchase: about 40 bunches of plantains. She gets her supplies from the big market of Médine in Sikasso on market days. She resells them for cash to a customer base composed of men and women at the big market of Sikasso City and at home.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 42,500 francs CFA. Part of the profits is used for paying the loan interest, and the other part is for her savings.

In this group: Fily, Djeneba, Albatourou, Egeni, Mariam, Nassan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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