A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy fabrics and jewelry.


Soutoura Group's story

The majority of the seven members of the SOUTOURA group are married women who, on average, are 37 years old and have six children each. Most of them live in monogamous families in Kadiolo (Noumousso), one of the districts of Sikasso (third-largest administrative division of Mali). They are on their fifth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and have duly repaid all their previous loans.

Alima, the featured borrower, has been selling fabrics and jewelry for about 11 years. She is well-known in her field and receives many orders. In the photo, she is in the standing row, in the middle of the group.

She plans to buy 10 sets of wax "pagnes" (colorful West-African fabrics) and a few boxes containing jewelry. She buys her goods in Kadiolo and also often stocks up in Sikasso. She sells door to door in the town of Kadiolo and her customers are men and women. She also sells from home.

She is expecting to make an average monthly profit of 35,000 CFA francs, part of which will be used to repay her loan and the interest while the rest will be used to strengthen her savings.

In this group: Oumou , Chitan , Mamou , Djelika, Rokia , Maimouna , Alima

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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