A loan of $3,200 helped a member buy sorrel and "pain de singe" (fruit of the baobab tree).

Fatou's Group's story

This group is composed of 20 dynamic and interdependent members, who are active in retail commerce and the fattening of livestock.

Fatou, standing to the right of the photo and raising her hand is 65 years old. She is married and the mother of seven children including two boys.

Her main activity is the trade of sorrel and "pain de singe" (fruit of the baobab tree). She has been conducting this activity since she became an adult. As a parallel activity she fattens sheep.

She buys four basins of sorrel at 3,000 francs a unit that she resells at 5,000 francs, and three basins of baobab fruit at 2,500 francs a unit she resells at 4,500 francs. She also buys a sheep for 30,000 francs she then raises and resells after five months for 50,000 francs.

With the profits she generates, she bolsters her savings and supports her grandchildren.

In this group: Fatou, Fatou, Dieumbe, Mbene Ibrahima, Awa, Mareme, Saye, Marame, Amy, Die, Coumba, Khady, Fatou, Khady, Ngone, Nar, Fatou, Khady, Bineta, Daba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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