A loan of $2,600 helped a member to buy bananas and lemons from planters.

Antoinette's Group's story

The banc villageois was created on December 5, 2000, the day of its inauguration. This group consists of four women who come from the same village and are very supportive of one another. They also get along very well with each other and are known as hardworking women. They are mainly involved in small retail business.

Antoinette (standing, on the right, with her hand raised) is the group's featured borrower. She is 47 years old, married and the mother of seven children: four boys and three girls. She mostly sells bananas, but also lemon juice and palm oil. She buys her bananas 5,000 CFA francs per basket and resells them by the bunch for 200 CFA francs, 300 CFA francs and 500 CFA francs. As far as lemon (juice) is concerned, she pays 7,500 CFA francs for a 20-liter can and then resells at a retail price of 500 CFA francs per liter.

With her new loan, she will buy more bananas and lemons from planters.

She will use the profits from her business in part to repair her house and also to help her husband cover the children's school fees.

In this group: Antoinette, Kinta, Diminga, Gnima

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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