A loan of $3,425 helped a member to purchase seasonal fruit, such as 'madd', and to collect raw material to resell.


Mama's Group's story

Created on November 28, 2003, the 'banc villageois' is composed of very dedicated women developing revenue-generating businesses. The women all live in the same village and maintain values of solidarity, which they found out how to strengthen while developing their businesses. Their main work is in small-scale commerce along with rainy season farming.

Ms. Mama (sitting at the right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower in this group. She is 48 years old, married, and the mother of six children (three boys and three girls). She is 42 years old and sells seasonal fruits (mangoes, water lemons, 'madd', oranges, etc.). And she is a retailer of raw materials, such as iron and other metals, which she collects from villagers to sell to exporters.

With her new loan, she intends to purchase more sacks of 'madd' and to collect a stock of raw materials to sell.

In addition to bolstering her savings to obtain a bigger loan, she plans on supporting her children in their education.

In this group: Mama, Mame Lissa*, Dienaba, Kady, Kossa, Kouta, Gnamo, Sona, Dienaba, Awa, Tida, Saneba, Juliette, Awa, Fatou, Wa Fatou, Dianke
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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