A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy hibiscus leaves and cowpeas.

Makane's Group's story

This group, which consists of three women, is part of a Banc Villageois created on June 4, 2011. The members of the group live in the same village or in a village nearby. They are united by a good social cohesion and work in small retail.

Awa, raising her hand in the photo, is the group's representative. She is 42 years old, married, and the mother of seven children, three of whom are girls. Her youngest daughter is four years old. Awa is involved in retail business. She plans to use her loan to buy large quantities of hibiscus leaves and cowpeas, which she will store until the time is right to sell. A large bowl of hibiscus leaves currently costs between 1,500 and 2,000 francs. In five months, she will be able to resell the same for 3,000 francs. As for cowpeas, Awa pays 400 francs for a kilo and resells the same for 500 francs.

With her profits, Awa will buy some sheep that she will raise to meet her family's needs. She will also boost her business and contribute to her children's education.

In this group: Makane, Khemesse, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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