A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy various items to sell (cloth, smoked fish, sugar, firewood and condiments).

Badeya (La Fraternité) Group's story

The six women of the Badeya group (all married) have an average age of 32, three children and live in traditional large, extended families in the Banconi district of Sikasso (the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). Brought together mainly through professional and neighborhood connections, the group sells cloth, fish, condiments, firewood, sugar, etc. All previous loans were repaid successfully.
The women will use this loan to purchase 30 meters of cloth, 3 boxes of smoked fish, 5 bags of sugar, 5 bundles of firewood and a large quantity of vegetables for condiments (e.g. eggplant, okra and onions). They obtain their supplies mainly from the West African towns of Sikasso in Mali, Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso and Bouaké in Ivory Coast. Sales are conducted door-to-door at various businesses or around the town’s neighborhoods, or at their homes to neighbors who come to buy supplies day and night.
Their customers are mainly women but some men. The members of the Badeya group each hope to make an average profit of CFA 35,000 per month, which will be used to pay the loan interest and provide for their families’ needs. The remainder will be invested in their business.

In this group: Sanata, Safoura, Sali, Kadiatou, Agassé, Maïmouna

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Llewellyn

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