A loan of $950 helped a member to buy condiments.

Sabaly Group's story

The women in the Sabaly group average 44 years of age with four children each and all live in extended traditional families in Bienso/Segou (the Republic of Mali's fourth administrative region). They got to know each other as relatives and neighbors and all have small businesses buying and selling condiments and cereals. Having repaid in full their previous loans, the women in the Sabaly group are on their fifth group loan.

Kotimi Issa, who is standing on the far left of the photo, is planning to use her loan to buy two baskets of tomatoes, 10kg of onions, 25kg of salt and 10kg of chilis. She gets her supplies locally and in the surrounding villages. She sells her products to a customer base made up of men and women, for cash and often on credit. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 28,000FCFA, which will be used for health-related costs, food, clothing and school fees, with the remainder to be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Kotimi Issa, Fanta, Sadio, Setou, Ami, Kotimi Kalifa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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