A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy crates of fresh tomatoes and various other vegetables.


Sotto's Group's story

This group is made up of women who are very active in the Banc Villageois, created in December 2010. All the women of this group come from the same neighborhood. They get along well with one another and are united by strong solidarity ties. Their main activity is small retail business.

Sotto (seated at the far right and raising her hand) is the group's featured borrower. She is 52 years old, married, and the mother of seven children (four boys and three girls).

In spite of her age, she has a booth at the central market and she sells fresh vegetables. She has been involved in this activity for several years. She buys vegetables by the bucket from women who have their own gardens and she resells her produce on a retail basis, selling vegetables by the heap or separately.

She plans to use her loan to buy crates of fresh tomatoes (each crate costing 8,000 CFA francs) as well as various other vegetables, in order to increase her turnover.

The profits from her business will allow her to help her husband, who is retired, to take care of the family expenses.

In this group: Sotto, Alarbo, Mariama Samba, Mariatou, Aminata Bouna, Ousmane, Raky, Coumba Ablaye, Ansatou Aliou, Ramatoulaye, Assanaou, Coumba, Ouleye, Dienabou Ousmane, Kadidiatou, Binta, Kekouta, Diaraye, Mariama, Dienabou, Kadiatou, Fatoumata, Kady, Fatoumata Ablaye, Rouby, Dienabou, Ramatoulaye Aba, Aminata*, Oumou, Aissatou
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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