A loan of $425 helped a member buy clay.

Deme Group's story

The Deme group is composed of married women, who on average are 35 years old with two children. They all live in traditional families in the village of Djoni, in the Konobougou district, part of the Baroueli Prefecture, in the Segou Region (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

They met through kinship, neighborhood ties and friendship. They sell cereal, salt, clay, and various other items.

The women in the Deme group are on their second group loan. In order to meet the huge demand of their customers, they call upon Soro Yiriwaso. Loan amounts will be used to buy the goods already mentioned.

The member who is sitting is Siga. She is illiterate, and is currently a vendor of clay used to make pottery. She intends to buy four bags of clay from local village women. Sales are conducted wholesale against cash in Konobougou, to a mixed clientele.

She expects to make monthly profits of 20,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in the business.

In this group: Wassa, Maman, Maraiam, Siga

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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