A loan of $4,600 helped a member buy a 20-liter can of oil at 16,000 CFA francs, one 25-kilo bag of onions at 9,500 CFA francs, peppers for 3,000 CFA francs a kilo, a box of green tea for 15,000 CFA francs and a bucket of okra for 2,500 CFA francs, for retail sale in her village.


Asmao's Group's story

The Soulabaly group was created May 17, 2011 during the inauguration of their "banc villageois" loan association. To date the group includes women who have managed to maintain and grow their small trade and agricultural businesses. They all live in the same village, and share values ​​of solidarity and mutual aid.

Madame Asmao (standing on the far right with her left hand raised), is the featured borrower. She is divorced, mother of three children: two girls and a boy.

She is one of the leaders of the group and plays a full role in the "banc villageois". She has many activities from selling vegetables and basic grocery products to preparing breakfasts in the village.

This new loan will enable her to buy a 20-liter can of oil for 16,000 CFA francs, one 25-kilo bag of onions for 9,500 CFA francs, peppers at 3,000 CFA francs a kilo, a box of green tea for 15,000 CFA francs and a bucket of okra for 2,500 CFA francs, for retail sale in her village.

Profits will enable her to provide support for her children and meet her own needs.

In this group: Asmao, Mouminy, Fatou Maoudo, Aminata, Aissatou Idiatou, Hassanatou, Mariama, Fatou, Oumou, Coumba Diouma, Aida, Hassanatou, Aissatou Dara, Kadidiatou Yebe, Fanta, Raby, Kadidiatou, Hadiyatou, Dienabou, Binta, Aissatou Bagna, Aissatou, Dienabou, Kadidiatou, Djiba, Maimouna, Aissatou Algassimou, Oumou, Fatoumata, Dienaba, Maimouna Seyni, Maimouna, Coumba Woury, Ansata, Dienabou, Sira
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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