A loan of $4,100 helped a member buy raw incense grains for 35,000 FCFA, fragrances and other ingredients for 15,000 FCFA, and 5,000 FCFA's worth of small buckets for 300 FCFA a bucket on average.


Mouskeba Nene's Group's story

The group was created December 5, 2000 at the opening of their "Banc Villageois" loan association. It consists of 26 very active women who live in the same village and have been in the "Banc Villageois" program for over a decade. Their main activity is small retail commerce.

Mrs. Nene (standing on the far right with a raised hand) is the group's featured borrower. Very active in the "Banc Villageois", she is 44 years old, married and mother of six children including three boys and three girls.

She sells incense better known as "thiouraye". To do this she buys incense grains from women in the sub-region, and then prepares a mix by adding perfume and other ingredients. The finished product is packaged in small buckets she sells on credit in two installments.

With the new loan, she will buy raw incense grains for 35,000 FCFA, fragrances and other ingredients for 15,000 FCFA, and small buckets for 5,000 FCFA, at 300 FCFA on average per bucket.

The profits garnered will enable her to increase her savings to better support her family.

In this group: Mouskeba Nene, Sarta, Ouleye, Malado, Nafy, Mariama, Sona, Fatou, Fatoumata, Fatou, Saibatou, Dieynaba, Lena, Fatoumata, Coumba, Ansata, Dionfolo, Diarra, Fatoumata, Alimatou, Ramatoulaye, Fansene, Fatou Diallo, Yama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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