A loan of $850 helped a member buy various food products.

Djekafo Group's story

Djekafo is a group belonging to the Binbagalawili association of Kibaru. It includes eight women who became acquainted through kinship and neighborhood ties. On average they are 40 years old, married with five children.

They carry out various activities such as the purchase and sale of condiments and vegetables, like Mariam who is the first person sitting from left to right in the photo. They live in large traditional families in Kibaru in the Selingue district (part of the Sikasso region, Republic of Mali).

They have been running small businesses for several years and are very much in demand through their activities. To satisfy the growing needs of their customers, the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program.

Mariam, who is the group president and very well known in Kibaru, excels in selling vegetables used in condiments. She plans to use the loan to buy different kinds of food condiments (peppers, tomatoes, onions, cabbages, eggplants) and citrus fruit. She gets her supplies from wholesalers in Bamako and retails her products in Selingue, for cash or credit to a clientele composed of men and women.

She hopes to attain a monthly benefit of 15,000 CFA francs, enabling her to repay the loan and to reinvest in her business.

In this group: Mariam, Korotoumou, N'pene, Mariam, Haby, Aminata, Kadia, Nagnouma

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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