A loan of $325 helped a member to purchase the ingredients for making beignets.


Badegna Group's story

The group BADEGNA is composed of married women, who average 47 years of age and four children each. They all live in traditional families in the village of ZANGUENA, in Commune de GUEGNEKA, Préfecture de Dioïla, Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of kinship, community, and friendship. They work in food service and do commerce in grains and condiments.

The women of the group BADEGNA are on their sixth solidarity loan. With the goal of satisfying the enormous demand from their customers, they turned to the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso.

This client, FATOUMATA, who is the first person sitting at the left in the photo, is uneducated. A vendor of bean beignets, she intends to purchase with her money 30 kg of beans and 10 kg of shea butter from Missango peasant farmers. Sales are made to a mixed customer base paying cash at the village market. She plans on making a profit of 10,000 francs CFA per month that will be used to cover her children's education costs.

In this group: Niagale , Dassoun, Minata , Nianaba , Yaye, Fatoumata, Kadiatou, Rokia , Djeneba , Kadiatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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