A loan of $3,700 helped a member to finance her next trip to stock up on 'thioub' and various other products her customers appreciate.


Marame's Group's story

Created on July 12, 2008, this group within the 'banc villageois' of Dabo comprises five women who, by their work and determination, have attained the second product the program offers. The women have the advantage of more than three [loan] cycles and are mainly active in small-scale commerce.

Ms. Marame (standing at the far left in the photo) is the featured borrower of the group. She is the 53 years old, married, and the mother of five children, including two boys and three girls, from 2 to 15 years old. Marame sells dyed cloth commonly called 'thioub' which she purchases in a sub-region to sell in other regions, particularly in the capital. She also has a secondary business selling incense.

With her new loan, she intends to finance her next trip with the aim of better supplying herself with 'thioub' and various other products appreciated by her customers.

The profit from this business will enable her not only to help support her household but also to help with her children's schooling more.

In this group: Marame, Dieneba, Fatou, Aminata, Alimatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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