A loan of $6,100 helped a member buy dozens of shoes at 40,000 CFA francs per dozen, accessories for women.

Ramatoulaye's Group's story

The group was created May 16, 2011 during the inauguration of their "banc villageois" loan association . It currently comprises women who not only live together in the same village, but also acquire experience in their respective activities as they gain deeper understanding of the program, encouraged by the fact that the village is host to a big " Louma " weekly market. Solidarity and mutual help characterize the relationship between group members, whose main activity is small trade.

Mrs. Ramatoulaye (standing on the far right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower. Married and the mother of two boys and four girls, she is 42 years old. She is a very dynamic woman and committed to the proper running of the group.

She sells clothing items: bags, shoes, outfits for men and women and other accessories. She gets her merchandise in the capital by the dozen, for resale at retail prices.

With the new loan, she will buy dozens of shoes at 40,000 CFA francs per dozen, and accessories for women.

With the profits - on average 15,000 CFA francs per dozen sold - she plans to strengthen her savings and improve her family's living conditions.

In this group: Ramatoulaye, Ramatoulaye, Mariama, Nene Diamanou, Kadiatou, Nene Galle, Racky
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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