A loan of $3,325 helped a member buy onions and potatoes - at least two 20-kg bags of each product - and various seasonings.


Alonso'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.

Madame Alanso (standing on the far right with a raised hand) is the group's featured borrower. She is married and the mother of four children, two boys and two girls aged 9 to 26 years. This lady is very active in the "banc villageois".

She holds a stand of vegetables and condiments at the town market. She purchases vegetables at the southern regional market for retail sales, by lot or in measured quantities, depending on the customer's needs.

With her new loan, she will buy onions and potatoes - at least two 20-kg bags of each product - and various seasonings..

With the profits, she intends to actively participate in managing family responsibilities and also increase her savings.

In this group: Alonso, Djiba, Ansata, Cire, Lamarana Djiba, Ramata, Aminata, Rougui, Mariama, Dienabou Mamadou, Khadidiatou, Diambang, Aminata, Hawa, Mariama Dioulde, Jacqueline, Fatoumata, Mariama Cire Sory

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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