A loan of $4,025 helped a member to stock up on half of a bag of hibiscus flowers at 9,000 francs CFA, baobab fruit by the bag for 8,000 francs CFA, a crate of sugar for 22,500 francs CFA, some packaging and various other ingredients.


Ramatoulaye's Group's story

This group is made up of very active women in a banc villageois created in December 2010. They meet under the protective wing of the women, who all come from the same neighborhood and who have good understanding and solidarity between the members. As their main money-making activity, they have small businesses. Ms. Ramatoulaye (seated to the far right with her left hand raised) is the star borrower of the group. She is 28 years of age, married and the mother of two children (one boy and one girl). She makes fruit juice from local produce, like hibiscus flowers, baobab fruit, ginger root and tamarin, which she sells from her home in her neighborhood and at the central market. She also sells ice cream in her neighborhood. With this loan, she expects to stock up on a half of a bag of hibiscus flowers at 9,000 francs CFA, baobab fruit by the bag for 8,000 francs CFA, a crate of sugar for 22,500 francs CFA, some packaging and various other ingredients. The profits from her business allow her to support her husband in the management of the needs of her family and to reinforce her savings.

In this group: Ramatoulaye, Alarba, Mariama Samba, Sotto, Matiatou , Aminata Bouna, Racky, Coumba Ablaye, Ansatou Aliou, Assanaou, Houleymatou, Dienabou Ousmane, Binta, Diaraye, Mariama, Fatoumata, Dienabou, Kadiatou, Fatoumata, Kady, Fatoumata Ablaye, Rouby*, Dienabou, Aminata, Oumou, Saybatou, Cooumba Woury, Ramatoulaye Ismaila, Sona*, Ouseynatou
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz



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