A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy 100 chickens for 150,000 francs, 15 crates of drinks for 150,000 francs, one sack of sugar for 30,000 francs, two packets of powdered juice for 5,000 francs, chicken food for 75,000 francs and 15,000 francs worth of monkey bread.

Sophie's Group's story

The Banc Villageois was set up on 27th May 1997, and the group is made up of seven women who live in the same village and are all traders. It is on its 31st loan.

Sophie is the representative of the group and she is the one with her hand raised in the photo. She is 65 years old and mother to ten children: seven boys and three girls, who are all adults now. The eldest is 46 years old and the youngest 21. She does poultry farming but also sells drinks and fruit juice in the village and from her home.

With her loan she is planning to invest 225,000 francs in poultry farming and 200,000 francs in drinks and fruit juice (that is to say monkey bread, sugar, sachets of powdered juice). She has a loyal and solvent customer base where she lives, and furthermore, she creates employment for the young people in the village who fill up ice boxes with the sachets of juice and go round the village selling them.

With the profits she helps her husband with the daily household expenses. She also helps her children who have remained in the village and have not yet found work.

In this group: Sophie, Guédé, Anna Sagar, Poth, Ndeye, Anne Marie, Soukeye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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