A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy baobab powders.

Kounkorota Group's story

Married and mainly in polygamous households, the four women of the group Kounkorota are on average 42 years old and have 5 children. They all live in the village of Jico in the region of Ségou (4th administrative region of Mali) and met through neighborhood, family and marriage ties. They are shopkeepers selling cereals (mil [African cereal], black-eyed peas and rice), condiments and smoked fish. With the goal of building up their stock for sale, the members of the group joined the solidarity loan program of Soro Yiriwaso with which they are on their 11th loan cycle in solidarity.

Marama (the woman sitting on the right in the photo) has a great reputation in the sale of condiments in the village of Jico and its surroundings. She plans to use her loan to buy 500kg of baobab powder. She resupplies herself in powders with the women from the town and surroundings. The resale is done for cash and credit to a clientèle made up mainly of women in Ségou. With this loan, Marama hopes to make an average monthly profit of 45,000 FCFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to ensure the care of her children at home.

In this group: Oumou, Rokia, Marama, Mâh

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason

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