A loan of $800 helped a member to buy dishes.


Balimaya Group's story

The Balimaya group is made up of married women who average 24 years old and on average have five children. They live in traditional extended families with their husbands, other wives, brothers and sons in the Dialanikoro neighborhood in the town of Bougouni. The know each other from neighborhood, friendship, and business ties.

To increase their financial capacity in order to better conduct their business, they joined the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, with whom they are on their eighth loan. The seven previous loans have all been repaid on time.

This group of women mainly sells different types of dishes.

Fatoumata, who is the president of the group, is the first women on the right in the photo. She sells dishes and hopes [to buy] with her loan three dozen dishes from the wholesale retailers in Bamako. She sells her goods in a market and from home, in cash and in credit to customers who are mainly women.

She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 45,000 francs CFA, which will [used to] invest in the business and to repay the loan.

In this group: Fatoumata, Batoma , Fanta , Ramatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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