A loan of $800 helped a member to buy condiments, rice and firewood.

Gnogondeme Group's story

The eight members of GNOGONDEME Group are mostly married women who average 40 years of age and four children.

Most of them live in polygamous families in Siékourani, a village in the commune of Loulouni, Kadiolo Cercle (Sikasso), third administrative region of Mali.

They are seeking their sixth loan from Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to meet customer demand. Previous loans ended without problems.

Djelika, first one standing on the right in the photograph, runs a food serving business. She will use her part of the loan to buy condiments, rice, and firewood.

She gets her supplies in Siékourani and in the surrounding villages. She prepares her dishes and sells them for cash at the market in Siékourani, to a clientele comprising both men and women.

She intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 20'000 (ca US$ 40). She will use part of it to repay the loan and interests, and the rest will be put away.

In this group: Mariam, Maimouna, Afou, Mariam, Sali Dramane, Mamou, Djeneba, Djelika

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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