A loan of $850 helped a member to buy 2 bales of secondhand clothing.


Lahidou Group's story

Lahidou Group is made up of married women who live with their husbands and children in traditional and nuclear families. They average 45 years of age and six children. All live in Sikoroni, a neighborhood in Bamako District, and got to know each other through bonds of kinship, community, and friendship. They sell quality secondhand clothing and condiments. In order to increase their working capital, the members of the group decided to work with Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their first solidarity loan (group loan). Mrs. Niamè is the woman standing on the right in the photograph. She's renowned as a seller of best-quality secondhand clothing. She intends to use her loan to buy two bales of secondhand clothing wholesale at the market. She retails at the market and as a traveling saleswoman, to a clientele comprising mainly women. With this loan, she intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 40'000, to be reinvested in her business and used to provide for her children's daily needs.

In this group: Kadiatou , Niamè , Fatoumatou , Makoura
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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