A loan of $800 helped a member to buy ingredients with which to make fruit juice.


Sabaly Group's story

The Sabaly group is made up of 4 married women whose members live mainly in traditional families and have an average age of 41 and, on average, 5 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 fruit, condiments, fabrics, pagnes (colourful and decorative West African cloth), and fruit juices (ginger, tamarind, grapes, zaban fruit, baobab, etc). The group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 12th group loan cycle.

Awa (sitting on the far right of the picture) is one of the group members who makes and sells fruit juices. She plans to use her loan to buy 1 bag of sugar, 25 kilos of ginger, 3 packets of flavouring and 2 packets of little plastic bags. She gets her supplies from the local wholesalers and, after making the ginger fruit juice and putting it in small plastic bags and cans, makes her sales from her home, on the street and at the market, for cash or credit, to a retail clientèle made up of men and women. Awa expects this loan to enable her to make an average monthly profit of 42 000 francs, which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of some of the household's needs.

In this group: Aissata , Sirantou , Djonta , Awa

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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