A loan of $3,800 helped a member to buy two 20-liter cans of palm oil, 50-kilo sacks of red hibiscus leaves, and a batch of traditionally fabricated soap.


Safiatou's Group's story

This group, created on the inauguration day of August 25, 2011, is driven by a strong goodwill towards one another. Solidarity is very strong in this banc villageois composed of 27 women who come from the same village. The members' principal activities are small merchant businesses.

Safiétou (shown seated on the far left) is the featured borrower for the group. She is 49 years old, married, and the mother of nine children; four girls and five boys. She sells vegetables and various agricultural products according to the seasons, including red hibiscus leaves, Monkey Bread (fruit of the Baobab), ginger root, and palm oil that she buys and sells to the international market in the subregion and in her village.

The new loan will allow her to buy two 20-liter cans of palm oil, 50-kilo sacks of red hibiscus leaves, and a batch of traditionally fabricated soap. The income she earns will enable her to contribute significantly in support of the education and health of her children.

In this group: Safiatou, Dioula, Mamanding, Sima, Mariama, Fatoumata, Oumy, Aissatou, Yacine, Mouscouta, Coumboye, Fatoumata, Aida, Balankang, Coumbel, Kouta*, Bintou, Sounkoutou, Fatoumata Coulibaly, Aissatou, Tamarta, Mounou, Diarra, Tounkang*, Aminata, Nakeba, Badio *
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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