A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy 175 000 francs' worth of wood, 75 000 francs' worth of fabric, 20 000 francs' worth of sponge and 50 000 francs' worth of other items.

Fatou's Group's story

This group is made up of 3 women who live in the same village and are all retailers. Fatou is the group representative and is standing in the middle of the picture. She is 33 years old, married and the mother of 5 children, one girl and 4 boys. She works with her husband, making bamboo lounge furniture. She uses her loan money to buy the necessary materials (wood, sponge, fabric, etc.) and her husband takes care of the labour. She displays the finished product at the side of the main road. Her business is going well as she has no competition in the area. She uses her profits to take care of the household expenses with her husband, and she also takes care of her children.

In this group: Fatou, Astou, Safiétou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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