A loan of $600 helped a member to buy condiments.


Djekafo Group's story

Djekafo is the name of a group within the Benkadicoulou association of Ouelessebougou. It is composed of women who know each other as relatives and neighbors. They average 35 years of age. All are married, with four children or more each. They engage in various business activities, such as reselling condiments, which is the case of Siga, the first one seated on the left in the photo. They live in traditional extended families in Ouelessebougou, in the Kati prefecture (Koulikoro Region, Mali).

They have been working as vendors for some years and are well-known. With the goal of meeting growing customer demand, two years ago the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their third solidarity loan. Siga, the group’s leader and very well known in Ouelessebougou, excels at sending condiments. She plans to use this loan to buy food condiments: baskets of onions, cabbage, pepper, fresh tomatoes and eggplants [aubergines]. She stocks up in Bamako and locally, buying from wholesalers, and retails her condiments in Ouelessebougou, for cash and on credit, to a customer base composed of both men and women. She hopes to earn an average monthly revenue of 20,000 West African francs, which will allow her to repay her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Siga , Kiatou , Kanteba, Kadiatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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