A loan of $700 helped a member purchase of firewood and peanuts.

Djiguissèmè (Support) Group's story

The four members of the group Djiguissèmè are all married with an average age of 42 and four children on average. They live in big traditional extended families with their husbands, generally with co-spouses, parents-in-law, brothers and sisters, and children in the village of Zogofina, Prefecture of Ségou, fourth region of the Republic of Mali.

The principal business of this Djiguissèmè group of women is the sale of firewood and foodstuffs (millet, peanuts, dried beans, corn, dah--hibiscus blossoms used to make drinks--etc.) which they either buy right in their village or in surrounding villages of Zogofina (such as Zenguela and Soignebougou) and from rural people who supply the town of Ségou and who have permits to cut wood.

They have storerooms in their husbands' compounds and generally sell the firewood retail to a local clientele (women and men) and wholesale to itinerant businessmen who come from the big cities of Ségou et Bamako.

United by bonds of profession or proximity and very enterprising in their economic activities, the members of the group are now on their fourth group loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso and have reimbursed all loans correctly.

With this loan they intend to buy 60 wagonloads of firewood and 3 sacks of peanuts and hope to make a monthly average profit of 22,500 FCFA which will be used to make repayments on the loan, to help support their families, and above all to expand their businesses.

In this group: Dicko, Hawa, Sitan Founé, Aminata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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