A loan of $600 helped a member to buy condiments for resale.


Badeya Group's story

The Badeya group consists of four married women who average 34 years of age and three children each. They live mainly in traditional families in the city of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali), and they know one another as neighbors and through ties of marriage and kinship.

They work in small trade selling condiments, shoes, fabrics and smoked fish.

To bolster their working capital, they joined the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution and have now entered their 15th group loan cycle.

Mrs. Alima (standing on the right in the photo) is the group member that sells condiments. She will use her loan to buy five cartons of tomato concentrate (small/medium and large cans) and six baskets of fresh vegetables. She buys her stock from farmers and wholesalers, and she conducts her sales at retail from her home and at the market, for cash or credit, to a clientele consisting mostly of women.

Mrs. Alima expects to earn an average monthly profit of 25,000 FCFA, which she will use to invest in her activity and to help her husband with some of the household expenses.

In this group: Alima , Koumba , Mariam, Aicha
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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