A loan of $4,550 helped a member to buy and raise sheep.

Thioro's Group's story

This groups of 21 people is part of the Banc Villageois of Sarèmes Sérères, which was established on December 13, 2008. Its members live in the same village. They stand by each other and get along well. Their main businesses are retail and raising livestock.

Thioro is the woman standing on the right and raising her hand in the photograph. She's 68 years old, a widow, and the mother of six children, out of whom one is a boy.

Her main business is raising sheep, which she has been doing for a long time. She buys sheep that she raises at her place and, after six months, she resells them at the weekly fairs.

She wants to buy five sheep, costing between XOF 25'000 and 40'000 depending on the market's flux and two sacks of animal feed costing XOF 12'000. Veterinary cares amount to XOF 700.

She intends to resell each sheep for between XOF 75'000 and 80'000. If she has some money left, she will buy some millet, store it at her place, and resell it to the highest payer during the off-season.

With her profits, she covers the daily expenses of the family since she's the only bread earner, and pay her children's healthcare. She also provides for herself. She wants to strengthen her savings and pay her interests.

In this group: Thioro, Khemesse, Aby, Ndogue, Ndeye, Tening, Coumba, Selbe, Amy Malick, Bigue, Ngony, Amy, Fatou, Awa, Khemesse, Diouma, Ndiack, Djibel, Fatou, Fama, Fatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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