A loan of $600 helped a member to purchase some cassava for making atiécké to sell.


Dembagnouma. Group's story

The four members of the group DEMBAGNOUMA are married women, who average 40 years of age and three children each. The women live in polygamous families in KABOILA II, a working-class district in Sikasso City (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are on their eighth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to satisfy the needs of their customers.

Ms. AICHA, who is seated first from the left in the photo, does commerce in atiécké (a couscous made from cassava) in this group of women. She intends to use her loan to purchase twenty 100-kg sacks of cassava. She gets her supplies from the villages surrounding Sikasso and from Cote d'Ivoire, a country bordering Mali. After she processes the cassava, she sells the product at the Medine market in Sikasso City and within the family. Her customer base is composed of men and women paying cash.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 32,500 francs CFA. Part of the profits is used to pay back the loan with interest, and the other part goes toward her savings.

In this group: Safiatou , Aicha, Awa , Maratou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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