A loan of $3,500 helped a member to purchase peanuts to process and resell.


Mariama's Group's story

This group was created on May 17, 2007 and has just started its 12th loan cycle. Despite the difficulties in the area of maintaining revenue-generating businesses, these members are very courageous and fairly robust in their determination. The members are in solidarity with one another and live in the same village. The main work is small-scale commerce, along with farming during the rainy season.

Ms. Mariama (seated at the right with her left hand raised) is the featured borrower of the group. She is 47 years old, married, and the mother of three children (a girl and two boys). Her business involves processing peanuts into peanut butter, which she resells at the weekly international market in the sub-region. To do so, she purchases peanuts by the sack or basin, according to what is available on the market. She sorts them and cooks them, and then finally processes them by machine to obtain peanut butter for sale by 15- or 20-liter pails.

With this loan, she intends to purchase three 50-kg sacks of peanuts at 12,500 francs CFA to process and resell.

The profits will be used to help her husband to manage the family day to day, and some of it will go into her savings account.

In this group: Mariama, Sonkarou, Ramatoulaye, Coumba, Fatoumata, Tacko, Penda, Djenebou, Aissatou, Aissatou Mamadou, Tacko, Boulayel, Coumba, Halimatou, Binta, Fatoumata Diadia, Awa, Koumanthio, Mariama, Diabouyel Issa, Diabou Boudy, Mariama, Moussou, Coumba, Dienabou, Danfang, Sountoukoung, Mariama, Sira, Souba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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