A loan of $4,400 helped a member to buy bed sheets for resale.

Thioumadé 1 Group's story

This group consists of 30 women who live in the same village and who happen to be friends, relatives or neighbors. Their main activities are small retail business and animal fattening.

Marème, the featured borrower, is a young married woman with no children. She is a professional hairdresser, but she is also actively involved in the sale of bed sheets. In the photo, she is standing on the right-hand side, wearing an orange wax-print dress and a long black top.

She buys sheets which have been sewn in Touba and resells them in her village.

She plans to use her loan to buy 15 bed sheets for a total price of 112,500 francs (7,500 francs per sheet), and hopes to make a large profit at resale.

Marème uses her profits to strengthen her savings, to help her husband with the family's expenses, and to help her brothers and sisters to buy school supplies and medications, if need be.

In this group: Sokhna, Khary, Penda, Yacine, Anta, Alima, Lala, Ndiasse, Fama, Ndeye, Assy, Mareme, Fatou, Fatou Mbaye, Faty*, Ndeye*, Astou , Kalla, Dagane, Anta*, Mbayang, Ndiaya, Astou, Aïda, Fama, Fatou, Fama, Sokhna, Astou, Khady

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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