A loan of $1,200 helped a member to purchase condiments (ingredients for making vegetable sauces).

Sabaly Group's story

The six members of the Sabaly Group are mainly married women with an average age of 40 years and an average of six children. They live for the most part in monogamous families in Kadiolo (Noumousso), one of the circles of Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. The group is on their fifth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and all of their prior loans have been repaid in full.

Saly, shown in the center of the photo, has been a merchant of condiments (vegetables sauces) for about 11 years. Her reputation in her field makes her a highly sought after and popular merchant. With this loan, she intends to buy two sacks of onions, one carton of tomato paste and one packet of Maggi (bouillon) cubes. Saly purchases her supplies in the city of Kadiolo and Sikasso. Her clientele is composed of men and women. She retails her goods from her home and at the market, for cash and on credit.

Saly hopes to earn an average monthly income of 25,500 Francs CFA, part of which will be used to repay her loan and its interest, and the remainder of which will go into her savings. Saly aims to increase her sales turnover so that she can better serve her customers.

In this group: Bintou, Saly, Mamou, Aramata, Oumou, Maimouna

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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