A loan of $450 helped a member to buy néré seeds and firewood.

Sankorota (Le Rehaussement) Group's story

The members of the group Sankorota are married women living in polygamous households. They average 40 years of age and four children, and they live in Tentou (a village in the sub-prefecture of Ouéléssébougou, second administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know each other by ties of profession and friendship. Their work involves making an edible paste or dough called "soumbala". This work of transforming néré seeds into soumbala is a body of knowledge that is passed down from mother to daughter.

In order to increase their production, this members of this group have decided together to join the loan program of the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. After having repaid their first loan without difficulty, the group members are now on their second solidarity loan (group loan). With this new loan, they will each buy 300 kg of néré seeds (from the néré tree, which is a source of oil in sub-Saharan regions) and firewood for cooking the seeds. The production and selling cycle lasts three weeks on average. The finished soumbala is taken to Bamako (capital of Mali) to be sold for cash or often on credit to retailers at the marketplaces in this city. They hope to realize a per-cycle profit of 20,000 francs CFA, which will be used to pay the loan interest, to help cover family expenses, and to invest the remainder in the business.

In this group: Sali, Sobakoro, Fatoumata, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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