A loan of $1,050 helped a member purchase fruits.

Tiessiri Group's story

Tiessiri is a group of five women from Koutiala, from the Sogomougou neighborhood. They live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. They are on average 40 years old, and are married with at least seven children.

This women’s group from Koutiala trades in various items such as condiments, juices, sugar, vegetables, soap, and miscellaneous other items. To grow their business, the members have decided to join Soro Yiriwaso’s loan program. They are on their eighth group loan.

Saoudatou is a member of group Tiessiri of Koutiala. Sitting in the middle, she sells watermelons, plantains, and is planning on using her loan to purchase watermelons and plantains to satisfy demand from her clients. She procures her merchandise in Koutiala and in Koury, and retails from her home and at the market to a variety of customers.

While the other members of group Tiesseri are anticipating a monthly average profit of 130,000 XOF each this cycle, Mrs. Saoudatou is planning on 145,000 XOF.

In addition to repaying their loans, they use part of the profit to handle their personal expenses and to increase their working capital.

In this group: Kadiatou , Aichata , Mata , Tahibatou, Saoudatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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