A loan of $1,425 helped a member to purchase wholesale shea butter for resale.

Djèkafo Group's story

The Djèkafo Group is made up of seven married women living mainly in polygamous households. They have an average age of 48 years and an average of five children. They all live in the neighborhood of Sabalibougou in the district of Bamako. They know one another through ties of vicinity, and through their businesses in the Sabalibougou market. The members of this group are merchants with small businesses selling shea butter, vegetable sauces (made up of canned tomato concentrate, Maggie bouillon cubes, onions, and pasta), soap, and children's shoes. In order to increase their business capital, the group has decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are currently on their first group loan cycle.

Tenincoura (shown in the photo standing on the far left) sells high quality shea butter. She plans to use this loan to buy 200 kg of shea butter. She purchases it wholesale in Bougouni. She then resells her merchandise for cash and on credit in Sabalibougou and by traveling to her clientele, which is composed mainly of women.

With this loan, Tenincoura hopes to earn an average monthly income of 50,000 Francs CFA. She plans to use her income to reinvest in her business and to ensure the good health of the children in her household.

In this group: Assetou, Coumbeli, Sira, Djènèbou, Tenincoura, Mariam, Mama

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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