A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy chicken.

Djiguiya Group's story

The five members of the Djiguiya group are married women living mainly in monogamous families. On the average, they are 37 years old, with three children. They all live in the Sabalibougou neighborhood in the Bamako district and know each other as neighbors and relatives as well as through their work as vendors at the Sabalibougou market. The group members sell kitchen utensils, fruits, vegetables, roasted chicken and condiments (pasta, cooked onion and ground pimento). In the goal of bolstering their working capital, the group members have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first solidarity loan cycle.

Mrs. Mariam (the one seated in the middle of the photo) is well known for her cooked food in Sabaibougou. She plans to sue her loan to buy 35 chickens at the market. She roasts the chickens and sells them for cash and on credit in front of her house to a customer base composed mainly of men. With this loan, Mariam hopes to earn an average monthly revenue of 35,000 West African francs which will be used to reinvest in her business and provide first necessity items for her household. Mariam’s goal is to be able to buy a plot of land to use for housing thanks to her partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Fatoumata , Koura , Mariam , Mariam , Sali
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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