A loan of $200 helped a member to purchase clothing.

Belle Dame Group's story

The group Belle Dame is composed exclusively of married women who average 30 years of age and two children each, all living in traditional extended families in the village of Tomba, in Commune de Wacoro, Prefecture de Dioïla, Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through ties of kinship, community, and friendship. They do commerce in clothing, condiments, and grains. The women of the group are on their third solidarity loan.

This client, AÏCHA, the second person from the right in the photo, intends to purchase some percale fabrics from the retailers of Nangola. She knits them to make bed sheets and 'califourchons' for sale locally in the village.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 5,000 francs CFA that will be used to meet family needs. Part of the profits will be reinvested in the clothing business.

In this group: Oumou, Aïcha, Machata, Birotigui

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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