A loan of $600 helped a member to buy yams.

Djiguisseme Group's story

The Djiguisseme group is made up of married women and one widow, and its members have an average age of 33 and an average of five children each. They all live in large traditional families in the town of Diarani, located in the region of Koulikoro (the second-largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali). They know each other because they are related, live close to each other, or are friends. They work selling tubers, seasonings and peanuts, and some also work in the restaurant business. The women in this group are on their third group loan.

Setou, who is the first person from left to right in the row of seated group members, wants to buy several cart-loads of yams in Nangola market. She will buy these from resellers from Sikasso, and will sell the yams back home in the village to both male and female customers. Setou plans to make an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA, which she will use to provide for her family. She will also reinvest part of her profits in her tuber-selling business.

In this group: Mariam , Barro , Setou, Kadiatou , Maïmouna , Awa Bina

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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