A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy fabric and thread.

Bintou's Group's story

This group of 5 women is part of the "banc villageois" which was created on the 6th of July, 2006. The group is made up of women who live in the same village and neighbouring villages. Most of them are traders.

Fatou is standing on the right of the picture and raising her hand. She is 55 years old, widowed and the mother of 4 girls. She is also raising a nephew. She knits and sews. With the loans she receives, she plans to buy 3 types of damask fabric, other fabric and cotton thread. She will buy 5 kilos of fabric at 3 000 francs per kilo and make 15 sheets. She will also buy packets of thread with which to embroider sheets and pagnes (highly decorative and colourful West African clothing) and buy some yarn for knitting. Her profits enable her to support her family - being a widow, she is the one who takes care of her children.

In this group: Bintou, Ndima, Fatou, Khady, Fatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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