A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy general merchandise.

Dori Tominian Group's story

The women of the group called Parissi have an average age of 48 with six children, and all live in traditional extended families in Tominian, one of the administrative areas of the Segou region (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali.)

These women met through bonds of kinship and they buy and sell foodstuffs, or cooked food, or general merchandise. The women of the Parissi group are on their eighth solidarity loan. Agathe, the second woman standing right to left in the photo, intends to use her loan to buy dozens of one-liter tins of oil, cartons of soap, and packets of dried fish.

They buy their goods in Tominian and the surrounding villages. They make their sales right in Tominian to a clientele composed of men and women. They expect to make an average monthly profit of 45,000 F CFA which will be used for expenses relating to healthcare, food, and for school fees with the remainder reinvested in their activities.

In this group: Saran , Fanta , Aline , Agathe, Madone , Katerine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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