A loan of $1,725 helped a member to purchase shoes.

Biram's Group's story

This group of 15 members is part of the 'banc villageois' which was created on December 21, 2009, and which brings together women who live in the village and in surrounding villages. Their main work involves commerce and raising livestock. The women maintain very good ties among themselves in solidarity.

Fatou, who is standing at the right in the photo with her hand raised, is 42 years old, married, and the mother of eight children, including four girls. She is invested in her business and has been working at it for quite a while. She has very good experience in this domain.

She is going to have made 30 pairs of shoes at 1,500 per pair and resell them at 5,000 francs per pair. With the profits earned, she will cover her children's schooling costs. She is saving money to ensure her children's future. With her previous savings, she was able to purchase a vehicle [for a taxi business] for her oldest son, and she plans to do the same for her other children.

In this group: Biram, Dibor, Binta, Mboury, Diouma, Selbe, Amy*, Diodio, Aïssatou, Ndeye, Semou, Tenning, Coumba, Bebe Dite Fatou, Mame Coumba*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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