A loan of $2,050 helped a member buy ingredients to make takoula.


Teriya Group's story

The women in the Teriya group are on average 45 years old with six children. They all live in traditional extended families in Kimparana, capital of the SAN district, fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali.

These women became acquainted through kinship and are involved in commercial activities such as the retail trading of condiments, fruits and vegetables, and other products. The women in the Teriya group are on their 10th group loan and previous loans have been fully repaid.

Foune is the first woman sitting from right to left on the photo. She intends to use her loan to buy bags of millet, sugar and salt to prepare takoula, which she does every Friday. Takoula is a kind of traditional multi-purpose cake.

She gets her supplies from surrounding villages and from Koutiala. She conducts her sales as an itinerant street vendor to a clientele composed of women and men.

She expects to make average monthly profits of 49,000 FCFA she will spend on health, food, and tuition fees. The remainder will be reinvested in the business.

In this group: Fatoumata , Alima , Kadiatou , Mariam , Foune

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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