A loan of $4,525 helped a member buy three 50-kilo bags of monkey bread (fruit of the baobab) at 7500 FCFA per bag, two bags of hibiscus leaves at 6500 FCFA per bag, two bags of sugar at 25,000 FCFA each and various products used in the preparation of juices and ice creams.


Lamane's Group's story

This group was created June 15, 2009 at the inauguration of the local "banc villageois" loan group. It consists of 27 women who all live in the same neighborhood. The group is characterized by solidarity and mutual aid. Members operate restaurants and run small businesses.

Mrs. Lamane (seated at the far right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower. She is a widow and provides partial support to her two sons who are students in the capital. She sells ice cream made ​​from monkey bread (fruit of the baobab tree) and hibiscus.

With her ​​loan she plans to buy three 50-kilo bags of monkey bread (fruit of the baobab) at 7500 FCFA per bag, two bags of hibiscus leaves at 6500 FCFA per bag, two bags of sugar at 25,000 FCFA each and various products used in the preparation of juices and ice creams.

Benefits will serve on the one hand to support her two boys' needs during their university-level studies, and on the other hand to increase her savings so that she can qualify for a larger loan in the future.

In this group: Lamane, Fatoumata , Nesta, Fatou, Mansata, Djenabou, Touty, Mariama, Assa, Hawa, Marietou, Aissatou , Linda, Madeleine, Mariama, Antoinette, Anna, Auguste *, Viviane, Awa, Ousseynatou, Bintou*, Aissatou, Adama, Denany, Fanta, Souadou
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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