A loan of $600 helped a member to buy lettuce and cucumbers.

Sérieux Group's story

The Sérieux group is made up of 4 married women whose members live mostly in traditional families and have an average age of 36 and, on average, 3 children. They all live in the town of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to family and neighbourly relationships, and marriage. The group members sell items like vegetable oil, ginger, wax pagnes (colourful and decorative West African cloth), lettuce and cucumbers. The group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 4th group loan cycle.

Abi (sitting on the far right of the picture) is the group member who sells lettuce and cucumbers. She plans to use her loan to buy 2 baskets of lettuce and one basket of cucumbers per day. She gets her supplies from the peasant farmers and makes her sales from her home and at the market, for cash, to a mixed retail clientèle. Abi expects this loan to enable her to make an average monthly profit of 40 000 francs, which will be reinvested in her business and used to support her husband with some of the family expenses.

In this group: Abi , Awa , Diarrah , Takari

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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