A loan of $2,575 helped a member to buy 20 kg of kola and 3 kg of tobacco.

Makouta's Group's story

This Banc Villageois was established on July 28, 2009 when it was inaugurated. It is made up of women who share values of solidarity and mutual assistance. They also share a common goal: to move their group forward through the loan program. Their main businesses are retail and transformation of farming products.

Mrs. Makouta (sitting on the left and raising her hand in the photograph) is the group's featured borrower. She's 62 years old, married, and the mother of seven children, three girls and four boys.

Her business consists in buying and selling kola and unrefined tobacco, which she buys in a neighboring country and resell during the weekly markets, especially at the large international market of her subregion.

This new loan will enable her to buy 20 kg of kola at XOF 1'500 per kg, and 3 kg of tobacco at XOF 6'000 per kg. Her profits will be in part reinvested in her business to bolster it, and in part used to improve the standard of living of her family.

In this group: Makouta, Salle, Ramatoulaye, Maounde, Tening, Coumba, Coumba, Fatoumata, Coumbele, Aminata, Fatou, Housseye, Adama, Fatoumata, Siling, Yaya, Coumbel, Mayo, Aissatou, Ramatoulaye, Assiatou, Mansata, Fatou Samba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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