A loan of $5,525 helped a member to purchase bread, sheep, and animal feed.

Ngawo's Group's story

This 'banc villageois' was created on November 29, 2003. The group comprises seven women who live in the same village. Their main work involves commerce. Ngawo is the group's representative. She is 39 years old, a widow, and the mother of six children, including three girls. Four of her children are adults and one is in school. Ngawo is the one sitting in the middle of the photo.

Ngawo purchases her bread from suppliers in town and then resells the goods in the village and at the bus station. Since the bakery is 3 km from her village, she offers a local service to her customers. The bread she purchases is called 'tapalapa' and is easy to keep.

With her loan, she intends to purchase 14 sacks of bread at 100,000 francs CFA, 4 head of sheep at 100,000 francs, and some animal feed at 50,000 francs. With the profits, she adds to her saving at the 'banc villageois' and supports herself without help. She also covers her child's schooling costs.

In this group: Ngawo, Dieynaba, Mboury, Dieynaba, Thioro, Ndeye, Amy Diobé

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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