A loan of $5,950 helped a member to buy smoked and dry fish, as well as sea snails (cymbium).

Astou's Group's story

This group consists of seven women who are united by good social relationships and all work in retail.

Astou is the group's representative. She is 61 years old, married, and the mother of five children (two boys and three girls) whose ages range between 30 and 15 years old.

Astou sells seafood. She goes to the nearest coastal town to buy her goods and resells at the market. She has been involved in this activity since she joined the banc villageois five years ago.

She plans to use her loan to buy 200 kilos of smoked fish at a total price of 50,000 francs, 100 kilos of dry fish at 100,000 francs and 80 kilos of cymbium (a type of sea snail) at 104,000 francs.

She uses her profits to help her children cover their household expenses.

In this group: Astou, Sophie, Mboya, Ndeye Yaram, Mame Yacine, Coumba Ngom, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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