A loan of $5,850 helped a member to buy 15 bedsheets and 30 pairs of women's shoes.

Ndeye's Group's story

This borrowing group was created on March 18, 2003 through the inauguration of a banc villageois. Over the years, these women have acquired solid business experience - they have just started their twenty-second season together. The members of the group live in the same village and believe strongly in the spirit of mutual support and working together. They are very active in small business and rain-fed crop cultivation.

Madame Ndèye (seated far right) is the group's star borrower. She is a 45-year-old widow who supports four children, two boys and two girls. Her business is in the sale of shoes, accessories and bed sheets, which she buys most often in the capital for resale in her village. With this loan, Ndèye will buy 15 bedsheets at 10,000 FCFA each and 30 pairs of women's shoes for 5,000 CFA per pair. She will use the profits to continue building her home.

In this group: Ndeye, Maimouna, Dienaba, Aissatou Rella, Fatou, Binta, Awa Cherif

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Adam Halpert

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