A loan of $3,325 helped a member to buy millet, black-eyed peas, and groundnuts.

Astou's Group's story

This group of 22 people makes up a part of the banc villageois established on 24 October 2012. It is made up of members who live in the same area and surrounding villages. They get along and support each other. Most of the group engages in commerce.

Marème, standing on the right in the photo with her hand raised, is 28 years old. She is married and a mother of two children, one of whom is a boy.

Marème selle foodstuffs. [With her loan] she is going to buy 30 kilograms of groundnuts at 400 francs a kilogram, which she will resell at 500 francs a kilogram; 100 kilograms of millet at 200 francs a kilogram, which she will resell at 250 francs a kilogram; 50 kilograms of black-eyed peas at 400 francs a kilogram, which she will resell at 500 francs a kilogram. Additionally, she makes tablecloths and tea towels that she would like to sell at 3,000 francs each.

Marème helps her husband with the household expenses and her own needs. But a major part of her earnings will be used to increase her savings.

In this group: Astou, Arame, Ngone, Khady, Ndiouma, Fatou, Fatou, Madjiguene, Ndiole, Coumba, Nogaye, Maty, Khady, Dior, Diaba, Mbene, Aby*, Issa, Mareme, Astou, Coumba, Saye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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