A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy ten crates of bananas and other fruits to resell on a retail basis and by heap.


Aissatou Commandan's Group's story

This group is made up of very committed women who have, since the creation of the Banc Villageois on 25th November 2003, managed to develop not only income generating activities - primarily small trading businesses - but also good relations based on solidarity and mutual help.

Aïssatou (who is sitting on the far right of the photo with her hand raised) is the star borrower of the group. She is 44 years old, married and mother to five children: three boys and two girls. She sells seasonal fruits and buys her goods either from farmers, in the case of bananas, or from intermediaries in the case of products which are not grown in the area.

With her new loan she is planning to buy ten crates of bananas and other fruits to resell on a retail basis and by heap.

She is planning to use her profits to refurbish her house and increase.the number of her animals.

In this group: Aissatou Commandan, Mariama, Fatoumata Tanaff, Sarta, Fatou, Mariama, Saly, Mamary, Gnaling, Maimouna, Bintou, Satan, Mariama, Fatoumata, Tatala, Nene Galle, Diarietou, Oumou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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