A loan of $500 helped a member to buy artisanal products.


Ankadignongné Group's story

The five members of the Ankadignongné group are married and living mainly in monogamous families. On the average, they are 38 years of age, with four children each. They all live in the village of Zenguela, Ségou Region (the fourth administrative district ofMali) and know each as relatives by blood or marriage or as neighbors. They sell traditional “pagnes” wax fabric, artisanal products and milk. With the goal of expanding their working capital, the group members have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second solidarity loan. Mrs. Djelika (the one seated in the middle on the photo) is a well-known vendor of artisanal products in the village of Zenguela and nearby region. She plans to use her loan to buy artisanal products (terracotta water troughs for poultry, small vessels, pots and colanders). She buys these products from the village blacksmiths. She resells for cash and on credit to a customer base composed mainly of women. With this loan, Mrs. Djelika hopes to achieve an average monthly income of 21,000 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her activity and help provide for her children’s needs.

In this group: Oumou , Nah , Sitan , Djelika , Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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