A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy caustic soda and oil residue with which to make traditional soap.


Soutoura Group's story

The Soutoura group is made up of 6 married women whose members live mostly in traditional families and have an average age of 39 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the town of Sikasso and got to know each other thanks to family and neighbourly relationships, and marriage. The group members sell soaps, condiments, yams and clothing. The group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 6th group loan cycle.

Chata (sitting on the far right of the picture) is one of the group members who sells soaps. She plans to use her loan to buy 1 barrel of oil residue and 20 kgs of caustic soda, with which to make traditional soap. She gets her supplies from the wholesalers and makes her sales from her home and at the market, for cash, to a retail and wholesale clientèle made up of children and women. Chata expects this loan to enable her to make an average monthly profit of 27 250 francs, which will be reinvested in her business and used to support her husband with some of the family expenditures.

In this group: Amnata , Maimouna , Oumou , Aminata Tefoure , Diaminatou , Chata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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