A loan of $825 helped a member to buy traditional fabric.

Lahidou Group's story

The Benkadi group is composed of four married women living mainly in monogamous families. On the average, they are 31 years old, with five children. They all live in the Sabalibougou neighborhood in the Bamako district. They know each other as neighbors and fellow vendors at the Sabalibougou markets. The group members sell various types of clothing: traditional colorful fabric (wax “pagnes”, embroidered “pagnes,” and damask-type “bazins”) as well as second-hand clothing. With 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.

Mrs. Fati (the only one standing in the photo) is well known as a vendor of high-quality traditional fabric. She plans to use her loan to buy four sets of the “bazin” type fabric in Bamako. She sells for cash or on credit, at the market and as a street vendor, to a customer base composed mainly of women. With this loan, Fati hopes to earn an average monthly revenue of 45,000 West African francs, which will be used to reinvest in her business and cover the healthcare costs for her children. Her goal is to buy a land plot and build a house for her children.

In this group: Fati , Aminata , Gogo , Madjè

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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