A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy condiments.


Soutoura Group's story

All married and living in extended, traditional families, the women of the Soutoura group have an average age of 38 and, on average, 5 children. They all live in the town of Tominian in the Ségou region (4th administrative district of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly and family relationships. They buy and sell condiments and prepare food. The members of the Soutoura group joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 8th group loan.

Niana (the person standing in the middle of the back row the picture) plans to use her loan to buy 3 boxes of dehusked rice, 2 bags (50kgs) of fresh onions, a 25kg-pail of peanut butter, 2 boxes of Maggi stock cubes and a large quantity of spices. She makes her sales for cash or credit, at the Tominian market fair and door-to-door on non-market days, to a retail clientèle made up of women and men. Thanks to this loan, Niana hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40 000 francs which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of the household needs.

In this group: Niana , Djenba , Wetta , Martine
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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