A loan of $850 helped a member buy pagnes wax (colorful West-African fabric).


Sabali Group's story

The members of the Sabali group, part of the Saramaya II association, are married women who on average are 30 years old with 3 children. They all live in traditional families in Hamdallaye, a neighborhood in the third administrative region of Mali (Sikasso). They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to carry out their trade activities.They are on their fifth loan with the institution and all previous loans have been repaid. Products for sale include: incense, peanuts, wood, soap, and pagnes featuring Aoua, the first from left to right. With her ​​loan she intends to buy lengths of pagne wax fabric locally. She then will conduct retail sales for cash from her home and as an ambulant vendor, to a clientele composed of women and men. She expects to make average profits of 40,000 CFA francs per month. This profit will allow her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Aoua , Aoua, Bougoula, Diarra
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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