A loan of $825 helped a member to buy pagnes [brightly colored fabric].

Sabougnouma Group's story

The four members of the Sabougnouma group are married women, who, on average, are 36 years old and have four children. They live in traditional and nuclear families in Hamdallaye, one of the popular areas of Sikasso, in the third administrative region of Mali. They are on their tenth loan with the mirco-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, which allows them to meet their customers' needs. Their previous loans have all been repaid correctly.

Aoua, standing second from the left in the photo, sells clothing with the help of the other women in the Sabougnouma group. With her loan, she plans to buy 20 lengths of pagne [brightly colored fabric]. She resells them door-to-door and through her family, for cash or credit, to men and women customers. She procures the pagnes in Bamako and resells them in Sikasso.

She hopes to earn an average monthly income of 24,500 francs CFA, of which a part will be used to pay back the loan and its interest while the other part will be put in savings.

In this group: Aoua, Aoua, Bebe, Marietou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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