A loan of $325 helped a member to purchase spices.


Jiguisseme Group's story

The six members of the Jiguisseme group are married women with an average age of 40 years and 4 children each. They live mostly in monogamous families in the Lafiabougou neighborhood of Loulouni, one of the towns in Sikasso, the 3rd administrative region of Mali. They are on their third loan with the microfinance organization Soro Yirwaso, in order to meet the needs of their customers.

Anchata, pictured in first position from left to right, is in the spice business. She plans to use her loan to purchase around 30 kg of onions, 1 basket of pepper, salt, and some soumbala and seasonings that she will resell at retail for cash in the market as well as from her home to a customer base made up of both men and women. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 11,000 francs CFA, of which a portion will be used to pay off the loan and interest and the remainder will go to her savings.

In this group: Anchata , Salimata, Nassaran, Naminata, Fatoumata, Kadia
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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