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A loan of $2,125 helped a member to buy food for her small business.


Marie's Group's story

This group of 20 women joined the Banc Villageois on its first loan cycle and they joined forces through good social and professional relationships. The person in charge of the group, Anta, is a 40-year old married woman who is mother to five children: five boys and two girls, who are all at school. She is standing on the far right of the photo with her hand raised and wearing a blue shawl and a black scarf on her head. Her new 70,000 FCFA loan will enable her to pay for a sack of rice, a 20-liter barrel of oil, condiments and stock cubes, all for resale in her shop. The profits she makes from this business allow her to provide for her children's food, schooling and health costs.

In this group: Marie , Maty, Kine*, Mame Amy, Marieme, Amy, Anta, Fatou, Ndiole, Adjia, Yacine, Khady, Khady, Seynabou, Abuy*, Fatou, Lissa*, Arame, Deguene , Anna
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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