A loan of $1,075 helped a member buy clothing.

Sewa Group's story

Mostly married in monogamous households, the five members of the Sewa group are on average 38 years old with three children. They all live in Dravela Bolibana, one of Bamako's districts, and became acquainted through neighborhood ties and their income-generating activities at the Dravela market.

Group members trade clothing (embroidered pagnes, pagnes wax and bazin fabrics), incense, powdered milk, sugar and mayonnaise. To increase their stock-in-trade, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan cycle.

Ms. Sitan (second person from left to right in the picture) is a great vendor of clothing (embroidered pagnes, pagnes wax and bazin fabrics). She intends to use her loan to buy 5 lengths of embroidered pagnes and 10 lengths of pagne wax (colorful West-African fabric) in Bamako. Retail sales are conducted at the market and as an itinerant vendor to a clientele composed mostly of women.

With this loan Ms. Sitan hopes to achieve average monthly profits of 60,000 CFA francs, to be reinvested in the business and used to meet household needs

In this group: Awa , Sitan , Fatoumata , Batoma , Aïssatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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