A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy some ready-to-wear "boubous" for children, some shoes, wallets, smoked fish, dried fish as well as seafood.

Fatou's Group's story

The Banc Villageois to which this group of six persons belongs, was created on May 27, 1997. These six women live in the same neighborhood and are all involved in retail.

Fatou, the group's representative, is 47 years old. She is married and the mother of seven children: five boys (aged 27, 24, 21, 15 and 9) and two girls, aged 18 and 12. Fatou is raising her hand in the photo. Her main activity is retail: she buys her goods in the city and resells them at home, in her village.

She plans to use her loan to buy some ready-to-wear "boubous" for children, some shoes, wallets (for 250,000 francs), smoked and dried fish, as well as seafood (for 220,000 francs). She has been involved in this type of activity for 15 years and she manages very well.

She uses her profits to help her husband cover some of the household's expenses: she pays for food, and takes care of the children's school fees and health-related expenses.

In this group: Fatou, Ndiaré, Anna, Rose Fatou, Germaine, Rose Yandé

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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