A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy sheets and pagnes.

Sokhna Astou's Group's story

The banc villageois to which this group of three women belong was set up on 14 November 2009 and its members come from the same neighbourhood or the local area.

The group members get on well and support each other in their businesses. Binta, pictured sitting on the right of the photo with her hand raised, is 64 years old. She is a widow and the mother of eight children, four of whom are boys.

Binta will use the loan to buy sheets and traditional cloth pagnes, which she sells in the large towns. She passes her goods on to customers, and then returns at the end of the month to collect payment. In this way, she can make a good income: she buys a sheet for 8,000 CFA francs, and resells it for 12,000 CFA francs.

Binta will use the money she makes to increase her savings at the banc villageois and provide for her family.

In this group: Sokhna Astou, Marie Louise, Binta

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lucy Knight

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