A loan of $1,825 helped a member buy shea kernels.

Jiguiya Group's story

The seven members of the Jiguiya group are married women who on average are 40 years old with five children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Kadiolo Noumousso, one of the districts in the city of Kadiolo, in Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

They are on their eleventh loan with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution, to meet the needs of their customers.

In this group of women Ms. Chata processes shea kernels into shea butter for retail sales. She is seated at the far right.

She intends to use her loan to buy 300 kg of shea kernels she processes and retails on the spot with her family, for cash, to a clientele consisting for the most part of women.

She plans to make an average monthly profit of 45,000 CFA francs, a portion of which will be used to pay the loan and its interest, and the rest put into savings.

In this group: Chata, Oumou, Ouaraba, Massaran, Awa, Fatoumata, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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