A loan of $5,150 helped a member to purchase fish to sell.

Makarimal Akhlakh Gpe 23 Group's story

Makarimal Akhlakh Gpe 23 Group is made up of 10 women who work in the same sector, all of them selling fish. They also belong to the same economic interest group, Makarimal Akhlakh.

The group is represented by Mrs. Ndeye Coumba, the woman with her left hand raised in the photo. Mrs. Ndeye Coumba has built up 21 years of experience in her business. She purchases fish directly from the pirogues [dugout canoes] returning from the sea, then sells them to retailers. She is married, and the income her business provides allows her to see to her children's education. Her day begins at 6am and ends at 9pm.

Mrs. Ndeye Coumba is seeking a loan with the goal of increasing her working capital. Her loan will be intended to increase the amount of fish she can usually purchase that is intended for resale. She wants to expand her business selling fish. She hopes to increase her profits in order to improve her family's nutrition. Her future plans consist of purchasing a refrigerated vehicle and a pirogue that will belong to her.

In this group: Ndeye Coumba, Adama, Fabinta, Fatou, Fame, Ndioba, Ndeye Coumba, Astou, Maty Ndiaye, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo

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