A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy firewood.

Sante Group's story

The SANTE group is made up of six married women who, on average, are 29 years old and have three children each. They live as traditional families in the
Central Heremakono district of the city of Bougouni. They met each other through being neighbours, friends and by doing business together. In order to reinforce their financial capacity and improve their business, they became members of the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. They are now working with their third loan. The two previous loans were paid back in full. This group of women are in the firewood trade, just like Oumou, the third woman from the left who is sitting down in the photo. With this loan, she will purchase 1 truckload (10 tons) of firewood with the villagers. She sells wood from her home, working with cash and credit, to both male and female customers. She hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 FCFA, which will be invested into the business and used to pay off the loan.

In this group: Oumou, Manta, Djenebou, Habibatou, Bintou, Assetou
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Christopher Smith

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