A loan of $1,975 helped a member to buy used clothing.

Kayira Group's story

The Kayira group consists of some married women and one widow. These women are, on average, 48 years old and have five children each. They all live in extended traditional families in the neighborhood of Fana-Coura, in the town of Fana, Koulikoro region (second administrative region of the republic of Mali).

The members of the group know one another through family, neighborhood and friendship ties. They sell clothes, prepare meals and serve drinks. They are on their fifteenth solidarity loan.

Ami, the featured borrower, is the second person from the left in the photo. She is planning to buy two bales of used clothing from wholesalers in Bamako. She will resell her merchandise to a retail customer base consisting of men and women.

She is expecting to make an average monthly profit of 75,000 CFA francs, which will be used to meet the needs of her family. A part of her profits will also be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Kadiatou, Mandjan, Nene, Minata, Ami

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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