A loan of $2,075 helped a member to purchase ingredients for her restaurant.


Balemayadjourou Group's story

The women of the Balemayadjourou group are on average 57 years old with an average of 4 children each. They all live in traditional extended families in Kimparana in the San area, in the fourth administrative region of Mali. The women came to know each other through relatives and are in the business of purchasing and selling various items. After having fully repaid their previous loans, the women of Balemayadjourou are on their 13th group loan.

Koroba, the first woman pictured on the right in the photo, is in the restaurant business. She plans to use her loan to purchase 60 liters of oil, 3 100-kg bags of rice, vegetables, tubers, and spices. She stocks up in Kimparana and makes her sales to a customer base made up of both men and women for cash and often for credit. The women hope to earn an average monthly profit of 53,000 francs CFA which they will use for their health, food, clothing, and education expenses, and the remainder will be reinvested in their businesses.

In this group: Djeneba , Baro , Magnini , Hawa , Koroba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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