A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy "pagnes" (colorful West African fabrics) and bed sheets.

Djiguiya Group's story

Most of the ten women of the Djiguiya group are married within monogamous families. They are, on average, 27 years old with four children each. They all live in the Missira neighborhood of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali) and know one another through neighborhood, family and marriage ties and also particularly through their income-generating activities. The members of the group sell "real wax pagnes" (colorful West-African fabrics), bed sheets and perfumes.

They have decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their businesses, and this is their first solidarity loan cycle.

Fatoumata (standing, first from the left in the photo) is a well known seller of pagnes of various kinds. She plans to use her loan to buy several sets of pagnes and a few bed sheets. She sells her merchandise for cash or on credit, from home, at the market and also door to door, to a retail customer base which mostly consists of women.

Thanks to this loan, Fatoumata is expecting to make an average monthly profit of 30,000 CFA francs which will be reinvested in her business in order to expand her commercial activity. Like the other members of the group, Fatoumata's goal is to continue to strengthen her business through partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Fatoumata Issa , Assan , Mariam , Safiatou , Fatoumata , Dhiara , Makiatou , Fatoumata , Dicko , Soumaita

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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