A loan of $625 helped a member to buy 1 package of food condiments and 2 bags of groundnuts.

Soutoura Group's story

The Soutoura group is made up of 4 married women and 2 widows who have an average age of 30 and, on average, 4 children. They mainly live in traditional family environments in the Niebala district of Bougouni town. They got to know each other thanks to neighbourly relationships, friendship and business. The group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to strengthen their financial capacity so that they could better run their businesses, and are on their 2nd loan. The group members sell beauty products, cereals, charcoal, soap, prepared food and various other items.

Habi (the woman sitting in front in the picture) sells various items. She plans to use her loan to buy 1 package of food condiments (peppers, garlic, onions, dried gumbo, salt, Maggi stock cubes, potash and dried baobab tree leaves) and 2 bags of groundnuts from the wholesalers and in Bougouni's neighbouring villages. She makes her sales at the market and from her home, for cash or credit, to a retail clientèle made up of men and women. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 20 000 francs, which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of healthcare expenses and repay the loan.

In this group: Habi, Nah, Sayon, Kadiatou, Sira, Chata

Translated from French

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