A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy néré beans [from the African Locust tree].

Jiguisseme. Group's story

The members of the Jiguisseme group are married women who are on average 41 years old and who on average have five children. They live mostly in polygamous families in the village of Kaboila in Sikasso prefecture, the third adminstrative region of Mali. They are on their 31st loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, which helps them satisfy the needs of their customers. Their previous loans have been repaid on time.

Among the members of this group, Abi sells soumbala [ground, cooked and fermented beans from the African Locust tree]. With [her portion of] the loan, she hopes to buy ten sacs of beans from the African Locust tree. She procures the beans from villages around Kaboila. After she prepares them, she sells them on special market days in Sikasso with her family to male and female customers.

She hopes to earn an average monthly income of 35,000 francs CFA, in which a part will be used to pay back the loan and its interest and the other will be used for her savings. She hopes to increase her capital to better satisfy her customers.

In this group: Abi , Minata , Mariam , Abi , Alimata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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