A loan of $700 helped a member to buy firewood.


Miriya Group's story

Married mainly in traditional extended families, the seven women of the group MIRIYA are on average 38 years old and have 5 children. They all live in the Santoro I de San neighborhood in the region of Ségou (4th administrative region of Mali) and met through neighborhood, professional business and family ties. They buy and sell a variety of merchandise and firewood. With the goal of satisfying the needs of their more and more numerous and demanding clientele, the members of the group decided to join the loan program of Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first loan in solidarity. Madam Awa (2nd standing from the right to the left in the photo) excels in the sale of firewood. She is very much in demand in her neighborhood. She plans to use her loan to buy a trailer load of firewood. She carries out her sales for cash, retail and to a mixed clientele. With this loan Madam Awa hopes to make an average monthly profit of 11,000 FCFA which will be used to reinvest in her business and to help her spouse to take care of the needs of the home.

In this group: Fatoumata, Tata , Mah , Kadia , Sali , Awa , Aminata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason



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