A loan of $225 helped a member to buy condiments.


Djekafo Group's story

Djekafo is a group within the Sabougnouma association in Ouelessebougou. The group is made up of four women who met one another through relatives and neighbors. They are all, on average, 40 years old. They are all married and have, on average, three children each. They are active in different businesses such as buying and selling condiments. For instance, Maïmouna (standing, second from the left in the photo) is active in this line of business. The women all live in large, traditional families in Ouelessebougou, in the prefecture of Kati (region of Koulikoro, in the Republic of Mali). They have been active in the area of small-scale trade for several years now, and their businesses are in high demand.

Striving to meet the growing needs of their customers, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's credit program two years ago. They are on their third group loan.

Maïmouna, the group's president and well known in Ouelessebougou, excels in the sale of condiments. She plans to use her loan to buy a large quantity of various condiments (pepper, eggplant, fresh tomato, onion, shea butter oil, cabbage, Maggi cubes, and cooking salt). She stocks up in Bamako and locally from wholesalers and sells her condiments in Ouelessebougou, individually, for cash or credit, to a clientele made up of both men and women.

She hopes to earn a monthly profit of 10,000 FCFA, which will enable her to pay back the loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Maimouna , Fanta, Rokia Madane , Rokia Lassine

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry



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