A loan of $825 helped a member to buy a sack of shea nuts with which to make shea butter and one sack of African locust tree nuts with which to make soumbala.


Diouma's Group's story

Mrs. Diouma is the leader of the group. She is a married mother of nine. The eldest of her children is 45 and the youngest is 17. One attends school, and she has two people for whom she is responsible. Mrs. Diouma has been selling shea butter and soumbala (seeds or beans used in cooking) for 20 years. She stocks up in the surrounding markets. Her customers are men and women. She wants to buy a sack of shea nuts with which to make shea butter and one sack of African locust tree nuts with which to make soumbala. Mrs. Diouma wants to use her earnings to help pay for her child’s education. She strives to one day open a big shop.

In this group: Diouma, Bertine, Felecite

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sherry W.



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