A loan of $475 helped a member to purchase rice.


Djiguissèmè Group's story

The group Djiguissèmè is composed of nine women who are for the most part married in polygamous families. The women average 28 years of age and four children each. They all live in the village of Djoni, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). And they know one another through ties of community and kinship. They have small-scale businesses involving tobacco, salt, and rice.

With the goal of consolidating their small businesses, the group members decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Djenebadjan (the first woman seated from the left in the photo) is a major seller of rice in and around the village of Djoni. She intends to use her loan to purchase 100 kg of rice. Sales are made in cash or on credit by going door to door in the village of Djoni. Her customer base is composed of men and women.

Ms. Djenebadjan plans on making an average monthly profit of 16,000 francs CFA that will be used to reinvest in the business and to ensure the children are cared for.

In this group: Kadiatou , Assetou , Fanta , Sitan , Djenebadjan , Assitan , Djenebou , Fatoumata, Djeneba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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