A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy bales of second-hand clothing for resale.


Djiguisseme Group's story

The four women of the Djiguissèmè Group are all married, most of them are monogamous. The are, on average, 43 years old and have 5 children. The women live in the Pelengana-sud neighbourhood of the town of Ségou (the fourth-largest administrative region of Mali). They know one another through family, neighbourhood and their businesses. They buy and sell bales of second-hand clothing and firewood.

In order to increase their business revenue, the women of the Djiguissèmè Group work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their 14th group loan.

To satisfy the needs of her customers, Batou (standing on the far left of the photo), will use her loan to buy several bales of second-hand clothing in Bamako. She will resell them on credit from her home and at the market to a mixed customer base. Batou expects to earn an average of 50,000 francs CFA a month. She will use her earnings to provide for the needs of her children and increase the size of her business.

In this group: Batou , Fily , Fanta , Sitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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