A loan of $1,475 helped a member to purchase food supplies to sell.


Laidou Group's story

The women of the group LAIDOU average 38 years of age and four children each, all living in traditional extended families in TENE, a village in Cercle de Tominian (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). These women know one another through kinship ties, and they have businesses buying and selling grocery items, such as condiments and a variety of goods. After having correctly paid back the previous loans, the women of the group LAIDOU are now on their ninth solidarity loan.

AWA, who is the second person standing from the right in the photo, intends to use her loan to purchase oranges, bananas, pears, fresh tomatoes, onions, eggplant, and baskets of grains. She gets her supplies in TENE, and she makes her sales there too and at the surrounding fairs to men and women customers paying with cash or on credit.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 30,000 francs CFA that will be used to cover expenses related to healthcare, food, and schooling. The rest will be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Mariam , Sali , Tata , Fatoumata, Awa , Badji, Minata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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