A loan of $5,575 helped a member to buy millet, sugar, and other ingredients needed to prepare meals at her canteen.

Marie Helene's Group's story

This group of 26 women belongs to a Banc Villageois created on December 18, 2008. It consists of women with a strong social bond, and who practically all work in trade.

Suzanne, age 51, is the one standing at the far right with her hand raised. She is the single mother of five children, one of them a boy. She works in trade, and has a canteen at the college near her district where she sells thiakry (a West-African dessert made with millet), fruit juices, beignets and sandwiches.

She will spend all of her 25,000f to purchase the necessary supplies. The profits earned will help her to support her family and to improve her children’s living conditions.

In this group: Marie Helene, Marie Madeleine, Marie Esperance, Marie Jeanne, Germaine Awa, Elise, Suzanne Ndella, Cecile Tening, Helene Thialy, Alexandrine, Yolande, Louise Diouma, Cecile, Ndeye T Agnes, Maria, Dimingua, Veronique, Marie Penda, Veronique, Elisabeth, Odette, Christiane, Cecile, Mai, Aida, Fatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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