A loan of $825 helped a member buy fish.

Dambe Group's story

Dambe is a group of women from the Darsalam1 district of the city of Koutiala, who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They are on average 46 years old, married and have at least seven children.

This group of women sells sundries such as firewood, condiments, fish, etc. To increase the size of their operations, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their fifth group loan.

Aminata is the member of the group standing in second position from the left. She plans to use the loan to buy cartons of all kinds of fish. She gets her products in Koutiala. She then retails for cash either at home or at the market to a diversified clientele.

While other members of the Dambe group expect an average profit of 20,500 FCFA each during this loan cycle, Aminata expects to achieve 25,000 FCFA.

In addition to repaying the loans they use some of the income to meet personal expenses and increase their stock supply.

In this group: Awa , Aminata, Mariam , Djelika , Niamoye, Djeneba, Mastan , Assana

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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