A loan of $800 helped a member to buy néré beans [from the African Locust tree].


Kotognogontala. Group's story

The four members of the Kotognogontala group are married women, who are on average 45 years old, and who, on average, have five children. They live mostly in polygamous families in the village of Kaboila of the Sikasso prefecture, the third administrative region of Mali.

They are on their thirtieth loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. This helps them satisfy the needs of their customers. Their previous loans have all been repaid on time.

Among this group of women, Dialia sells Sounbala [ground, cooked, and fermented seeds of the néré tree]. With [her part of] the loan, she hopes to buy 10 sacs of néré beans [from the African Locust tree]. She procures the beans from the villages around Kaboila. After she prepares the beans, she resells 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 the interest and the other part will be used for her savings.

In this group: Dialia , Djarata, Djata , Afou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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