A loan of $900 helped a member to purchase fruit.


Siguidia Group's story

The six members of the group SIGUIDIA are essentially married women averaging 28 years of age and four children each. They live for the most part in monogamous families in Lafiabougou, a district in Sikasso City. The women are on their second loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to satisfy the needs of their customers. DIATA, the first on the right in the photo, does commerce in fruit in this group of women. She intends to use her loan to purchase some bananas, 10 baskets of papayas, 5 oranges, and 2 baskets of yams at the big market of Médine in Sikasso. She resells them for cash at the market and at home to a customer base composed of men and women.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 37,000 francs CFA. Part of the profits is used for day-to-day family expenses, and the other part is for her savings.

In this group: Diata , Fatoumata , Oumou , Nafissatou , Sitan , Kadia Seydou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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