A loan of $825 helped a member to buy wax pagne-style cloth and damask.


Badeya Group's story

The Badeya group has four female members, three of whom are married and most of whom live in traditional families. Their average age is 33, and they have an average of two children each. They all live in Sikasso (the third-largest administrative region in Mali), and know each other through marriage, because they are related, or because they live close to one another.

The group’s members work in retail selling incense, firewood and wax pagnes [traditional wrap-around cloth] and damask. In order to increase their working capital, they joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their 12th group loan cycle. Astan, who is seated first on the right in the photo, works selling wax pagnes and damask. She plans to use her loan to buy four lengths of wax pagnes and two lengths of damask pagnes. Astan gets her supplies from wholesalers, and her sales are made on a retail basis (in cash and on credit) from her home and at market. Her customers are both male and female. With this loan, she hopes to make an average monthly profit of 45,000 francs CFA, which she will reinvest in her business and also use to help her husband with certain family expenses.

In this group: Astan , Aminata , Tata , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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