A loan of $725 helped a member to buy various products.

Sabaly (Le Pardon) Group's story

Sabaly is a group of women from Medina Coura in Koutiala, who live in large traditional families. They average 29 years of age, are married and have at least three children each.

This group of women buy and sell a variety of products such as fruit and vegetables, cosmetics, etc. In order to expand their activities, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program. They are on their first group loan.

Djeneba, who is a member of this group, is sitting on the far right of the photo. She is planning on using her loan to buy various products: "pagnes" (pieces of highly decorative fabric) and kitchen utensils, all manufactured locally. She gets her products in Koutiala and sells on a retail basis and for cash, from home and at the market, to a diverse customer base.

While the other members of the Sabaly group expect to make an average of 65,000FCFA each during the course of the cycle, Djeneba expects to make 70,000FCFA.

They will use their income to repay their loans but also to cover general expenses and expand their businesses.

In this group: Matou, Chitan, Mai, Fatoumata, Djeneba, Kadiatou, Kadiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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