A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy rice.

Soutoura Group's story

Soutoura is a group belonging to the Minataton de Keleya association. It comprises five women who know each other through family and neighbourhood connections. They are on average 38 years old. Married with five children on average, they run various businesses such as the buying and selling of condiments and rice, which is the activity run by Moh, the second person standing from the right in the photo. They live in large traditional households in Keleya in the Bougouni prefecture (Sikasso region, Republic of Mali). They have run their small businesses for many years and are highly sought-after for their services.
With the hope of satisfying the increasing demands of their clientele, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program. They are on their eighth solidarity (group) loan.
Moh, who is the group's president, is very well-known in Keleya and excels in selling rice. She intends to use her loan to buy several bags of locally produced rice. She gets her supplies in the neighbouring towns and in her area from wholesalers and sells her products in Keleya at retail, in cash and on credit, to a clientele composed of men and women.
She hopes to earn a monthly profit of 30,000 FCFA, which will allow her to repay her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Moh, Mariam, Kourouni, Awa, Chata

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