A loan of $600 helped a member to purchase used clothing to sell.

Soutoura Group's story

The six members of the group SOUTOURA are essentially married women who average 33 years of age and four children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in HAMDALLAYE, a working-class district of Sikasso City.

The women are on their sixth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to the needs of their customers. The previous loans were correctly paid back.

MARIAM, at the far right in the photo, sells secondhand clothing in this group of women. She intends to use her loan to purchase a bale of secondhand clothing. She gets her supplies from the big market of Sikasso City.

She resells the merchandise by going door to door and at her home (Hamdallaye, a working-class district in Sikasso City). Her customer base is composed of men and women.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA. Part of the profits is used to repay the loan with interest, and the other part is for her savings.

In this group: Mariam , Awa , Mariam , Awa , Salimata , Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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