A loan of $5,150 helped a member to buy vegetables at 30,000 francs and smoked fish at 100,000 francs.


Rokhaya's Group's story

This group is made up of six women who live in the same village. Their primary activity is commerce and they are on their 12th loan.

Rokhaya is the representative of the group and has her hand raised in the photo. She is 54 year old, married, and a mother of seven children, of whom 3 are boys and 4 are girls. Her eldest child is 30 years old and her youngest is 12 years old.

Rokhaya sells vegetables in the town market that is closest to her village. She has been doing this for five years, and she doesn't complain because despite competition she always manages to sell her goods.

With this loan she hopes to buy vegetables at 30,000 francs and smoked fish at 100,000 francs. With her earnings, she [will] help her husband with the household expenses including food, schooling, and health needs.

In this group: Rokhaya , Awa , Madjiguéne, Fatou, Mariama, Astou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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