A loan of $3,525 helped a member to buy bags of rice, packs of small and large soap bars and condiments.


Seybatou's Group's story

The Sobouldé group was created on the 17th of May 2011 on the occasion of the official opening of their village bank. At the heart of this group are a number of good and honest women who wish to improve life for their household. They all live in the same village. There is true solidarity between the women. Their principal activity is the production and local commerce of traditional soap.

Mrs. Seybatou (who is sitting on the far left with her hand raised), is the star borrower of the group. She is married with five children of which two boys, and is much respected within the group. She sells soap and rice. Her work is to buy soap packs at 6 500 F CFA at the local market which she then sells retail for 200 FCFA each soap bar, to buy bags of rice at 15 000 F CFA to sell retail for 350 F CFA a kilo and the same for other cooking ingredients.

With this loan she plans to buy bags of rice, packs of small and large soap bars and condiments.

She uses the profits partly to increase her savings and partly to assist her husband in paying their children's school fees.

In this group: Seybatou, Kadiatou, Kadidiatou Aliou, Adama, Ramatoulaye, Fatoumata Binta, Halimatou, Ansou, Coumba Massata, Fatoumata Bella, Fatoumata Souba, Houleye, Raky, Koumba, Maimouna, Aminata, Sadio, Marietou, Sountou, Penda, Penda Hamidou, Kadidiatou, Ramatouaye, Adama Awa, Mariama Maounde, Khadidiatou , Coumba , Diaraye

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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