A loan of $4,425 helped a member to buy 660 pairs of plastic shoes.


Finesse Group's story

The six members of Fitness Group average 41 years of age and five children. They are married, and most live in monogamous households in Djalakorodji, a neighborhood in Bamako District.

They got to know each other through bonds of community and through their money-earning businesses at the Djalakorodji market. They retail plastic shoes (for men and women), sand, and firewood.

In order to be able to pay cash for supplies, the members of the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their fourth solidarity loan (group loan).

Mrs. Mariétou is the second woman from the right in the photograph. She's very well-known as a reseller of plastic shoes for men and women. She intends to use her loan to buy 660 pairs of plastic shoes for all ages at the Grand Market.

She retails in Djalakorodji to a clientele comprising mainly women. With this loan, she intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 85'000, to be in part reinvested in her business, and in part used to cover her children's healthcare expenses.

In this group: Korotoumou , Awa , Mamou , Mariétou , Koro , Sitan
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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