A loan of $4,575 helped a member to purchase grocery items and some scarves to sell.

Fatoumata Bouko's Group's story

This group of six women is part of a 'banc villageois' created on July 21, 2006. These women, who are from the same village, work primarily in commerce.

Fatou is the group's representative. She is at the right in the photo with her hand raised. She is a married mother of five boys, from 12 to 25 years old, and a girl, 19 years old. Fatou does commerce in grocery items, shoes, and scarves. She leaves for the city to purchase her goods in bulk and then displays them in her shop, which is in her home.

With her loan, she intends to purchase 700 kg of millet at 150,000 francs, 5 dozen scarves at 75,000 francs, and a variety of grocery items (sugar, caramel cookies, milk, tea,…) at 75,000 francs.

With the profits, she helps her husband in covering household expenses and supporting the children. She also saves money at the 'banc villageois', and she helps out her sisters when they need it.

In this group: Fatoumata Bouko, Madjigue, Fatou Badou*, Seynabou, Kéne, Coumba
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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