A loan of $5,000 helped a member to purchase smoked and dried fish and some palm oil.

Khady Thiouth's Group's story

This group of seven women is part of the 'banc villageois' that was created on created on June 25, 2002. The group brings together women who live in and around the same village. They keep up good relationships, and they work in commerce and in livestock farming.

Standing at the right in the photo with her hand raised, Aminata is 44 years old, married, and the mother of six. With this loan, she envisions working in commerce She is going to sell a variety of seafood products, vegetables, and palm oil. To stock up, she travels around the area where she can obtain merchandise at good prices. She is going to purchase 50 kg of dried fish at 700 francs per kilo to be resold at 1,200 francs; 2 baskets of smoked fish at 300 francs per kilo to be resold at 800 francs; and two 20-liter containers of palm oil. The profits will be used to pay her children's school fees and to meet the needs of the family.

In this group: Khady Thiouth, Maty, Ndeye Gorgui, Aminata, Ndella, Ndeye, Khady

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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