A loan of $3,100 helped a member to purchase damask fabrics, dyed cloth, rolls of muslin.

Astou Sekou's Group's story

Created on July 16, 2012, this 'banc villageois' is composed of women who are very dedicated with a desire to make their revenue-generating businesses prosper. There is an understanding and a spirit of mutual assistance among the group members. They all live in the same district and are mainly active in small-scale commerce.

Ms. Astou (sitting at the far right with her right hand raised) is the featured borrower of the group. She is a married mother of four children (two boys and two girls). She has a sewing workshop in the commune, at the district market to be exact. She is helped in this business by two young apprentices, and she has a good mastery in this domain.

With her new loan, she intends to purchase 30 yards of 'riche' damask fabrics, 10 yards of dyed cloth, and 3 rolls of muslin.

With the profits, she plans on having bricks made with the aim of starting construction on her own house.

In this group: Astou Sekou, Diondji, Marie Veronique, Adama Kany, Aissatou, Kadiatou, Habibatou, Clarice, Dieynabou, Aissatou, Tida, Dienabou Yero, Fatoumata, Diouly, Aissatou, Safy, Awa, Coumba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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