A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy mortars and pestles.


Dembagnouman Group's story

Married and mostly living in polygamous families, the 4 women of the Dembagnouman group have an average age of 49 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the village of Togo in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other through neighbourly and family relationships, and marriage. They sell cereals, gourds, mortars and engraved pestles. The group members decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business, and are on their 9th group loan cycle. Alimata (standing on the left in the photo) has a great reputation in their region for the sales of gourds, mortars and engraved pestles. She plans to use her loan to buy 150 mortars and 100 pestles. They are then engraved with pretty motifs and slogans using heated pliers. The sales are made for cash or credit, at home and on the streets in the districts of Ségou, to a clientèle made up mainly of women. Alimata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 50 000 francs thanks to this loan, which will be reinvested in her business and used to ensure take care of the children in the household. As with the other members of the group, Alimata's aim is to increase her volume of business whilst working in partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Diarrah , Mariama , Fanta , Alimata
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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