A loan of $5,000 helped a member to purchase shoes, incense, and 'pagne' cloth to sell.

Maty's Group's story

This group was created on the same date as that of the 'banc villageois'. It is composed of women from the dame district united by good social and professional ties. Ms. Maty is the group's official. She is 53 years old and the mother of four boys, 30, 27, 20, and 18 years old and a girl, 23 years old. Ms. Maty is active in commerce selling shoes, beads, and incense.

With her new loan of 450,000 francs, she is going to purchase some shoes valued at 100,000 francs, some 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa) at 200,000 francs, and 100,000 francs of incense, [thus leaving 50,000 francs] in working capital. She has good experience in this domain. The profits earned enable her to meet the food needs of her children.

In this group: Maty , Salimata, Rokhaya, Fatou, Fanta, Salla

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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