A loan of $725 helped a member to purchase firewood.

Tiessiri Group's story

The seven women of the Tiessiri group are mostly married women in monogamous households. They have an average age of 33 years and 5 children each. They all live in the village of Benzana in the region of Ségou (the 4th administrative region of Mali) and came to know each other through neighbors, family, and their revenue-generating businesses in the village.

The women are in the firewood business. With the goal of increasing their business capital, the members of the group decided to partner with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second group loan cycle.

Djeneba (the first woman seated on the left in the photo) is a big seller of firewood in the village of Benzana and surrounding area. She plans to use her loan to buy enough firewood from the farmers around Ségou. She then resells this for cash at the market and from her home to a customer base made up mostly of women.

Djeneba hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA with this loan, which will be used to provide for her children's needs and to increase her business capital.

In this group: Djeneba, Ba Satou, Djeliya, Kadia, Badiallo, Assan, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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