A loan of $3,375 helped a member to purchase condiments, such as tomatoes and onions.

Jiguiya Group's story

YELEN is a group of the association JIGUIYA de CARRIERE. It is composed of women who know one another through ties of kinship and community. The women average 25 years of age. Married with an average of one child, they run different businesses, such as the buying and selling of grains, as does DJENEBOU, who is the first persons standing from the left in the photo. The women live in large traditional families in Sub-préfecture de SELINGUE, Région de Sikasso (Republic of Mali). The women have been in small-scale commerce for several years and are much in demand in their businesses buying and selling condiments: black pepper, tomatoes, and onions.

Concerned about satisfying the growing needs of their customers, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program ten years ago. They are now on their eleventh solidarity loan.

DJENEBOU, who is the group's president and well-known in CARRIERE, excels in selling condiments. She intends to use her loan to purchase 5 sacks of onions. She gets her supplies locally from wholesalers and sells her goods retail to a mixed customer base paying with cash or credit in SELINGUE. She is hoping for a monthly profit of 80,000 francs CFA that will enable her to pay back the loan and to reinvest in her business buying and selling condiments.

In this group: Djenebou, Diahara, Kadia, Sadio, Aichata, Tata N°2, Fatoumata, Nana

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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