A loan of $1,225 helped a member to buy firewood and charcoal.

Saniya Group's story

The six members of the Saniya group are mostly married and living in monogamous families. On the average, they are 34 years old, with three children. They all live in the Medine neighborhood in Segou (the third administrative district of Mali). They know each other through their work or as neighbors or relatives by blood or marriage. They retail firewood, charcoal, clothing and hair extensions. With the goal of bolstering their working capital, the group members have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are no on their fourth solidarity loan cycle.

Mrs. Fatoumata (the third one standing from the left in the photo) is known in the Medien neighborhood as a vendor selling quality firewood and charcoal. She plans to use her loan to buy some cartloads of firewood and bags of charcoal. She sells out of her home, for cash, to a customer base composed of both men and women. With this loan, Mrs. Fatoumata hopes to achieve an average monthly revenue of 42,000 West African francs, one part of which will be reinvested in her business and the other used to cover the costs of condiments for her household.

In this group: Mamou , Djahara, Rokiatou, Aminata , Mariam, Fatoumata
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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