A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy dyed cotton cloth and vegetables to sell.


Awa Peulh's Group's story

The group of the West Sikilo banc villageois was established in 1998. It is made up of courageous women who participate in small businesses.

Mrs. Awa (seated at right [in the photo]) is the featured borrower; she is 55 years old, a widow, and the mother of seven children (three boys and four girls). She purchases dyed cotton cloth in neighboring regions for 300,000 CFA francs, and also sells vegetables in the central town market. She gets her supplies for 25,000 CFA francs each week. These goods are resold for 40,000 CFA francs per unit, turning a profit of nearly 75% and making for a sizeable daily revenue.

With her profits, Mrs. Awa plans to see to the daily expenses, her children's school fees and care, and to increase her savings with the banc villageois.

In this group: Awa Peulh, Amie Gora

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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