A loan of $400 helped a member to buy rice and condiments.


Kotognotala Group's story

Kotognotala Group is made up of married women who average 39 years of age and 3 children. They all live in traditional families in Kolokobougou, a village in the municipality of Konobougou, Baroueli Prefecture, Ségou Region (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

They got to know each other through bonds of kinship, community, and friendship. They run food serving businesses and sell cosmetics, cooking oil, cakes, doughnuts, and various products.

In order to meet a huge customer demand, they are seeking help from Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their fourth solidarity loan (group loan). The loan will be used to buy the products mentioned above.

Fanta is the woman on the right in the photograph. She's illiterate and currently runs a food serving business. She intends to buy rice and condiments in Konobougou.

She sells the dishes she prepares at her home, in her small restaurant, to a mixed-gender clientele. She intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 10'000 (ca US$ 21), to be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Kadia , Mah , Oumou , Daye , Djenebou , Chata , Mmamine , Alima, Fanta
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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