A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy fresh cow milk.


Dèmè Group's story

The majority of the ten women of Dèmè Group are married and live in polygamous families. They average 47 years of age and 4 children. The all live in Gachi, in Ségou Region (4th administrative region of Mali) and got acquainted through bonds of neighborhood, kinship, and marriage. The buy and sell cow milk, cereals (millet, fonio), peanuts, and couscous. Eager to bolster their working capital, the members of the group decided to work with Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their second solidarity loan (group loan). Mrs. Minata (second women sitting from the left in the photograph) is a big seller of all sorts of cow milk (fresh milk, curd, and yoghurt) in Gachi. She intends to use her loan to buy 250 liters of milk wholesale from dairy farmers in Gachi and in the surrounding villages. She resells at her home, for cash and on credit, to a mixed-gender clientele. With this loan, Mrs. Minata hopes to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 20'000 (ca US$ 40), to be reinvested in her business and ensure food supplies to her household. Her goal is to breed small ruminants with the money she was able to put away thanks to this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Fatoumata , Mayama , Minata , Safiatou , Mayama , Sitan , Minata , Salimatou , Yah , Alimata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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