A loan of $900 helped a member to purchase milk.

Yelen Group's story

The group Yelen, composed of married women, average 35 years of age and three children each, all living in traditional extended families in the village of Tomba, in 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 milk, small ruminants, condiments, and soap. The women of the group Yelen are on their third solidarity loan.

This client, KADIA, the second person seated from the left in the photo, intends to purchase 10 to 20 liters of fresh milk each day from the shepherds in neighboring villages. She resells the milk locally in the village to a customer base composed of men and women.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 15,000 francs CFA that will be used to meet family needs. Part of the profits are reinvested in the commerce of milk.

In this group: Baye, Awa Nouhoum, Sanata, Kadia, Mamine, Fatoumata, Matou, Mariam, Matou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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