A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy millet and niebe.


Fatou's Group's story

This group of 26 members belongs to the Banc Villageois of Sarèmes Sérères, which was created on 13 December 2008. The group consists of people who live in the same district, who share a bond of solidarity and get along well. Their main activities are commerce and livestock fattening.

Fatou, age 43, is the group member standing on the right with her hand raised. She is married with 5 children, 3 of them boys. She is a reseller of niebe and millet, which she buys and stores in her home. In lean times, she sells her stock to the highest bidder at the local markets.

Fatou typically buys three 100 Kg barrels of millet for 12,000 to 12,500 F each, which she sells for 250 F per Kg. She also buys 50 Kg of niebe for 250 F per Kg, which she sells for 350 F per Kg.

Fatou uses her profits to help cover the daily expenses as well as the children’s health care and general well-being. She also looks after her own needs.

In this group: Fatou, Marame, Sokhna, Yacine, Ndiague, Khemesse Ngor, Khemesse, Awa, Seynabou, Maye, Codou, Ndeye Awa, Thiabou, Rokhy, Tenning, Satou, Wode, Ndiague, Saye, Tening, Sokhna Khady, Fatou, Dibor, Sokhna, Ndiole, Khady
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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