A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy shallots and potatoes.

Djiguisseme Group's story

The seven women who make up the Djiguisseme group are mostly married in polygamous families. On average, they are 39 years old and have three children each. They all live in the village of Nerekoro, near Segou (fourth administrative region of Mali) and they know one another through neighborhood, marriage and family ties. They are involved in small retail business, selling condiments, shallots, potatoes, melons etc.

They have decided to join Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their businesses, and they are on their third solidarity loan cycle.

Aminata, standing second from the right in the photo, is well-known as an important seller of various condiments. She plans to use her loan to buy five bags of shallots and some potatoes. She resells her goods from home, for cash or on credit, to a customer base which mostly consists of women.

With this loan, Aminata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 CFA francs which will be reinvested in her business and also used to buy condiments for her household.

In this group: Aminata, Baro, Kadia, Gnagna, Bintou Foune, Massitan, Aminata Boh

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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