A loan of $4,175 helped a member to buy ten traditional "pagnes" for 125,000 francs, five pigs for 40,000 francs and another pig for 60,000 francs.

Germaine's Group's story

This group is made up of five women who are all traders. The group is on its 22nd loan.

Germaine, who is the representative of the group, is 56 years old, married and mother to seven children: six girls who are respectively 28, 26, 24, 20 and 17 years old and one 34-year old boy. She is the one with her hand raised in the photo.

Her main activity is fattening pigs at her home but she has also been selling "pagnes" for more than a year. With her loan she is planning to buy five pigs at 8,000 francs each, ten "pagnes" at 12,500 francs each and a large pig for 60,000 francs which she will kill and sell the meat. She has good experience in this field and despite competition in the area she manages to get by. With the profits she makes she will manage to put by savings in the Banc Villageois every month. She will also pay for her children's schooling and sometimes food.

In this group: Germaine , Dany, Marie R, Thérése , Helene

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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