A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy peanuts, pepper, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, and cereals.

Safiatou's Group's story

The women of Djekafo Group average 34 years of age and three children. They all live in traditional families in Kancene, a village in Tominan Cercle (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). These women got to know each other through bonds of kinship. They buy and sell food products, such as condiments, and other products.

After having repaid their previous loans without problems, the women of Djekafo Group are now seeking their fourth solidarity loan (group loan).

Safiatou is the second woman from the left in the standing row. She intends to use her part of the loan to buy 10 sacks of peanuts, baskets of pepper, fresh tomatoes, onions, eggplants, and baskets of cereals.

The women get their supplies in Kancene, and sell for cash and on credit, in Kancene and in the surrounding fairs, to a clientele comprising both women and men.

They intend to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 50'000 (ca US$ 105), to be used to cover healthcare, food, and school expenses. The remainder will be reinvested in their businesses.

In this group: Safiatou , Bintou Adama , Koniba , Sata , Aminata , Makaya , Korotimi , Korotimi , Amata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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