A loan of $3,175 helped a member buy incense and a variety of perfumes to be mixed for sale.

Banna's Group's story

The group was established August 27, 2011 and bears the name of the village where it is located. It comprises women who live in the same village and share strong bonds of solidarity and mutual aid. The main activity is retail commerce along with seasonal rice growing.

Mrs. Banna (seated at the far right) is the group's featured borrower. She is a leader who encourages her friends in their work. She is married and mother of eight children, and also takes care of five of her grandchildren.

Her business activity consists of buying incense and perfume wholesale at the central regional market, and after mixing selling retail in pots of 500 and 1000 FCFA.

With this loan she intends to buy 25,000 FCFA worth of incense, and 15,000 FCFA worth of a variety of perfumes to be mixed prior to retail sales..

She intends to use the profits to improve the family's living conditions and ensure her grandchildren's education..

In this group: Banna, Mouscouto, Khady, Fatoumata, Sadio, Coumba, Bineta, Awa, Liba, Amy, Fatou, Mariama, Fatoumata, Mouscoto, Meta, Mariama, Adama, Sountoucoung, Fatoumata, Yafaye, Sandjiba, Fatou, Fanta

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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