A loan of $5,775 helped a member to buy cattle and sheep for raising and, later, resale.

Marie Th.'s Group's story

This group exists since the creation of the "banc villageois" on the 23rd of March, 1995. It is made up of members who live in the same village and all practise cattle and sheep fattening.

The group's representative, Marie, is standing on the far right of the picture and raising her hand. She is 37 years old, married and the mother of 7 children, 3 of whom are boys and 4, girls. With the loan she receives she will buy 2 heads of cattle (at 150 000 francs per head) and 5 sheep (at 40 000 francs per head) as well as feed and vaccinations, which will cost 60 000 francs. After raising them for 6 months, she will resell the cattle for 200 000 francs per head and the sheep for 75 000 francs per head. The profits she makes will enable her to improve her home (her house is currently under construction) and improve her family's living standards.

In this group: Marie Th., Josephine, Dieynaba, Marie Dianke, Paulette, Rose, Khoudia
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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