A loan of $825 helped a member to buy onions.

Solidarité Group's story

The Solidarité group is made up of four married women, most of whom live in polygamous families. On average, they are 34 and have three children. They all live in Kalaban Coro, which is the administrative centre of an area in Kati (the second administrative region of Mali).

They know each other through being neighbours, relations and business partners at the local market. The members of the group are involved in small-scale businesses selling juice, onions, cosmetics (tubes of skin cream, hair extensions, etc.) and various other products (sugar, tea, coffee, soap, etc.).

In order to increase their business funds, the members of the group have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and this is their first solidarity loan cycle.

Astan (the woman standing second from the left) is a well-known onion seller at the local market. She is hoping to use her loan to buy 330 kg of onions. She buys her supplies at the grand market from stallholders from Niono. She then sells on her goods to individuals at the local market. The majority of her customers are women.

Astan hopes that with this loan she can make an average of 40,000 CFA francs per month, which she will use to reinvest in the business and provide for her family. Like the other members of the group, Astan’s ambition is to buy a plot of land to use for housing.

In this group: Salimata , Astan , Rose , Moussokoura

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lucy Knight

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