A loan of $625 helped a member to purchase Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa).


Etoile Group's story

Most of them married in traditional families and averaging 40 years of age and four children each, the six women of the group Etoile all live in Sikasso City (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of kinship, community, and their professional work. They buy and sell clothing, grains, plasticware, and general merchandise.

With the goal of increasing their business capital, the group members joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. KADIATOU, who is standing third from the left in the photo, intends to use her loan to purchase 7 lengths of Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa). She gets her supplies locally in Sikasso from wholesalers and sells from home. Her customer base is composed of men and women.

With this loan, she plans on making an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA that will be used to reinvest in her business and to meet certain household needs.

In this group: Kadiatou , Mariam , Safoura , Nassoun, Nene , Dialia
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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