A loan of $525 helped a member to buy calebasses and mortars.

Djèkafo Group's story

The five members of the group Djèkafo are married women living for the most part in monogamous families. They average 26 years of age and four children each. They all live in the district of Noumou Were in the region of Segou (4th administrative region of Mali). They know one another as neighbors, and through ties of marriage and kinship. They sell finely engraved calebasses (large bowls made from dried gourds) and mortars.

In order for some of them to launch their income-generating activity and for the others to strengthen their working capital, the group members joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso. This is their first group loan cycle.

Mrs. Sanata, standing at the far left in the photo, is a leading seller of engraved calebasses and mortars in the area of Noumou Were. She will use her loan to buy 10 mortars and 60 calebasses at the Medina market from fair-goers coming from villages surrounding Segou.

She sells from her home, door-to-door, and on order, for cash or credit, to a clientele consisting mainly of women.

To do the engraving, needles are placed in the fire for at least one hour until they turn red, and are then retrieved and used to make beautiful drawings on the outer surface of the calebasses or mortars based on the customer’s requirements.

With this loan, Mrs. Sanata hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 17,500 FCFA, which she will use to reinvest in her activity and to ensure the supply of food and condiments for her household.

In this group: Kadiatou , Awa Soucko , Mamou , Mamou , Sanata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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