A loan of $850 helped a member buy fruit.


Ben Group's story

The women of the Ben group from Koutiala know one another well and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. On average, they are 34 years old, married, and have at least five children. This group of women sells various articles such as fruits and vegetables, oil, firewood, cosmetic products, etc. In order to grow their businesses, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. This is their seventh group loan. Maimouna, crouching at the right of the photo next to her plate of oranges, plans on using her loan to buy fruits (oranges and bananas) in order to satisfy her clientele. She buys her supplies in the orchards and gardens around Koutiala. She sells them for credit out of her home and in the market to a diverse clientele. While each of the other members of the Ben group would like to earn an average monthly profit of 90,000 FCFA during this loan cycle, Madame Maimouna would like to earn 110,000 FCFA. In addition to the loan reimbursement, they would like to use a part of their revenue to pay for personal expenses and grow their business.

In this group: Fatoumata, Mamou , Batourou, Bara, Fatoumata , Aminata, Maimouna, Mariam
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Kenin



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