A loan of $4,175 helped a member to buy honey, lemon juice, and flour.

Adja Matel's Group's story

This group is made up of women who are very determined in their money-earning businesses. They've been part of the Banc Villageois program for a long time, and managed to develop a spirit of solidarity, which nowadays enables them to cope with many situations. Their main business is retail.

Mrs. Matel (sitting on the right in the photograph) is the group's featured borrower. She's 48 years old, unmarried and without children. She's very rigorous in her business. She runs various businesses, such as selling pastry (on order for familial or religious celebrations), or selling honey and lemon juice to her clients in the northern and central regions.

With this loan, she intends to strengthen her business by buying large quantities of supplies: ten 10-liter cans of honey (for XOF 90'000, ca US$ 180), five 20-liter cans of lemon juice (for XOF 40'000, ca US$ 80), and two sacks of flour in order to be ready to handle any order.

The profits generated by her business will enable her to consolidate her business and help her father and siblings, and, most importantly, to be self-supporting.

In this group: Adja Matel, Fatou Kine, Kadiatou, Oumou, Mame Fatou Toure, Monique

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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