A loan of $1,225 helped a member to buy firewood.


Sabaly Group's story

Sabaly is a group of married women who live in the Medina Coura district and live in extended, traditional families. They have an average age of 36 years and, on average, 4 children. The women in this group sell various items including medicine, condiments, firewood and charcoal. The group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program in order to increase the size of their businesses. This is their 4th group loan.

Aminata, standing 3rd from the right in the picture, plans to use her loan to buy some cartloads of firewood. She gets her supplies in the villages surrounding Koutiala and makes her sales retail or wholesale, for cash or credit, to a varied clientèle. While the other Sabaly group members expect to make a profit of 120 000 francs during this sales cycle, Aminata expects to make 130 000 francs. She will use part of her income to pay off her loan, part of it on personal expenditures, and part of it will be used to increase her working capital.

In this group: Aminata , Sali , Korotoumou , Aminata , Ami , Djénéba
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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