A loan of $400 helped a member to buy seasonings.


Balimaya Group's story

Made up exclusively of four married women, the Balimaya group lives mostly in traditional families with an average age of 44 years and an average of 4 children. They all live in the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali) and met each other through family ties, marriage, and their neighborhood. The members of the group run small businesses selling beignets and seasonings. With the goal of increasing their business, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan cycle. Madame Siga (first on the left in the photo) is the seasoning seller in the group. She counts on using her loan to buy a large quantity of seasonings (garlic, pepper, tomato paste, and cooking salt). She stocks up from wholesalers and sells retail, for cash and credit, at home and in the market, to a clientele of men and women. Madame Siga counts on making a monthly profit of 21,750XOF with this loan, which will be used to reinvest in her business and to help her husband with some of the family's spending.

In this group: Siga , Kiatou , Aichata, Assan
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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