A loan of $625 helped a member to purchase shoes.


Barra Group's story

All of them married, the women of the group Barra average 33 years of age and two children each, living for the most part in nuclear families in the Torakabougou district of Bougouni City. The women know one another through ties of community, friendship, and commerce. To bolster their financial capacity, so as to do better business, they joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third loan. This group of women does commerce in cosmetics, clothing, earrings, perfumes, shoes, and arts & crafts.

Djénéba, who is seated in front in the photo with papers in hand, buys and sells shoes. She intends to use her loan to purchase 250 pairs of shoes of different kinds from Bougouni wholesalers. She makes her sales retail at the market and from home. She accepts cash or credit from a customer base composed of men and women.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA that will be used for: investing in her business, covering healthcare costs, and paying back the loan.

In this group: Djénéba , Kiatou , Kiatou , Koura
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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