A loan of $3,025 helped a member to stock up on fabrics to resell in her village.

Haby's Group's story

This group of women is part of the Banc Villageois of Kambeng Doumassou, which was inaugurated on November 15, 2006.

The group is composed of highly experienced women in the program, as well as some who are newly arrived. The women are all very active in their work: small-scale commerce. They all live in the same district, and this favors good relations and great solidarity in the group.

Haby (standing in the back at the right with her hand raised and wearing a sky-clue 'boubou') is the group's representative. She is married and the mother of a girl and five boys. She sells clothing, especially wax cloth and women's shoes made locally. She purchases her goods in the capital and then resells them in her village on credit, payable in two monthly payments.

For this new loan, she intends to stock up on just wax cloth in 60-yard lengths that she will resell at 1,000 francs CFA per yard.

With the profits, she would like to build up her savings enough to benefit from a much larger loan, so as to expand her business and do better in caring for her children.

In this group: Haby, Fatou Bannel, Hardiata, Adeline, Tacko, Yande, Safi, Clairs Adams, Aicha, Fatou, Aissatou, Dienaba, Siring, Bouya, Seynabou, Astou, Mariama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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