A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy 200 birds for 150,000 francs CFA and poultry feed for 80 000 francs CFA.

Harry's Group's story

The "banc villageois" was inaugurated on 20 May 2003, and this group of very dynamic women has a long history of working with the organisation. The women all live in the same neighbourhood and are strongly linked by their history of mutual help. This will be their twentieth group loan. The group members are all small traders, agricultural product processors or raise poultry.

Harry (sitting on the far right of the photo, with her hand raised) is the main client and president of this group. She is a widow, and is responsible for seven of her children, four boys and three girls. She raises poultry, and is helped in her work by her sons. The birds are sold when they are forty-five days old.

Harry will use her loan to buy 200 birds for 150,000 francs CFA and poultry feed for 80,000 francs CFA. She will then sell the mature birds for 3,500 francs CFA each. With her earnings she will be able to improve the living conditions of her family and provide for their health, school and clothing costs.

In this group: Harry, Salimatou, Dienabou, Khadiatou, Maimouna, Fatou Kine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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