A loan of $950 helped a member to purchase food products.


Djiguiseme Group's story

The women of the Djiguiseme group are on average 43 years old with 4 children and all live in traditional larger families in Kancene, one of the villages in Tominian (the fourth administrative region of Mali.) These women came to know each other through relatives and are in the business of purchase and resale of food products and spices, as well as other assorted items.

Having fully repaid their previous loans, the women of Djiguiseme are on their 4th group loan together. Fatou, pictured as the first person sitting from left to right in the photo, plans to use her loan proceeds to purchase 1 barrel of cooking oil, peppers, fresh tomatoes, onions, eggplants, baskets of grains and cereals, and some baskets of fruits and vegetables. She stocks up in Tominian, and makes her sales in Kancene and in the neighboring markets at retail, for both cash and credit, to a customer base made up of both men and women.

The women hope to earn an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA each, which will be used to take care of their health needs, food, and education costs, and the rest will be reinvested in their businesses.

In this group: Fatou , Bana Sadia , Papa *, Rokia, Mema , Tata , Sokoula , Aminata, Minata
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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