A loan of $3,800 helped a member buy five basins of hibiscus leaves at 2,500 CFA francs each, three bags of monkey bread (fruit of the baobab tree) at 6,000 CFA francs each, at least two 50-kg bags of sugar, food coloring and various ingredients.


Bintou's Group's story

This group consists of women, and its name " Diambars of Doumassou " is an expression meaning valiant. Group members share values ​​of solidarity and mutual aid. They live in the same neighborhood and their main activity is small retail business.

Ms. Binta (standing on the far right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower of the group. She is married and the mother of four children, one girl and three boys. She sells juice made from hibiscus, monkey bread (fruit of the baobab tree) and ginger. She buys the hibiscus leaves and monkey bread from local producers but resupplies with ginger in the central market. She has acquired solid experience in this business, having practiced it for more than five years.

With this loan she will buy five basins of hibiscus leaves at 2,500 CFA francs each, three bags of monkey bread (fruit of the baobab tree) at 6,000 CFA francs each, at least two 50-kg bags of sugar, food coloring and various ingredients.

The profits from her activites will enable her to actively participate in taking care of family needs in terms of food, healthcare and the children's education. The rest will be put into savings.

In this group: Bintou, Guegue, Ousseynatou, Mariama, Thieydo, Ma Hawa, Mariama, Fatoumata Bintou, Aissatou, Nkiya, Aissatou, Oulimata, Oumou Hawa, Dalanda, Ma Awa, Hady Ndiaye, Mariama, Fatoumata, Ouma, Coumba, Binta, Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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