A loan of $1,600 helped a member to purchase food supplies.

Nikanou Group's story

The women of the group NIKANOU average 38 years of age and four children each, all living in traditional extended families in LAFIABOUGOU, a district in San City (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). These women know one another through ties of kinship. They buy and sell grocery items, such as condiments, and general goods, and they work in food service. The women of the group NIKANOU are on their 14th solidarity loan.

FANTA, who is the first woman from the left in the photo, intends to use her loan to purchase a 20-liter container of cooking oil, a sack of onions, and a few boxes of Maggi bouillon cubes.

The women get their supplies in San and the surrounding villages. They make their sales locally to men and women customer in San.

They envision making an average monthly profit of 80,500 francs CFA that will be used for expenses associated with healthcare, food, and school fees. The rest will be reinvested in their businesses.

In this group: Fanta, Assa, Nana, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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