A loan of $1,475 helped a member to purchase damask cloth.

Djiguissèmè Group's story

Djiguissèmè Group is made up of five women, most of whom are married and monogamous. They average 43 years of age and six children each. The women all live in the Péléngana neighborhood in Ségou (Mali's 4th Administrative District) and met through their businesses, as well as neighborhood and family ties. They sell clothing, utensils, etc.

With the goal of strengthening their business, the members of the group decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are now in their 13th group loan cycle.

Mrs. Batou (the second woman standing in the photo, from left to right) is a major vendor of all types of damask. She plans to use her loan to purchase 50 meters of the cloth. Her sales are made for cash and credit on site in the city of Ségou to a group of customers made up of men and women. Mrs. Batou expects to see an average monthly profit of 50,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in the business and will ensure the care of her children.

In this group: Fily, Fanta, Sitan, Awa, Batou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo

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