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Belles-Dames Group
In this Group: Kadiatou, Alima Ballo, Awa Diallo, Maïmouna Konate
The four women of the Belles-Dames group (all married) have an average age of 35 and two children, and live in traditional large, extended families in the Hamdallaye district of Sikasso (the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). Brought together through neighborhood, professional and family connections, they sell mainly firewood, soap, cloth and vegetable oil.
In order to meet the continually growing demand of their customers, the group decided to join the Soro Yriwaso microfinance institution, with whom they are now on their 6th solidarity (group) loan. All previous loans were repaid successfully.
The members of the group plan to use this loan to purchase 8 loads of firewood, 10 boxes of soap, 45 meters of cloth and 5 drums of vegetable oil. They buy their supplies of cloth, vegetable oil and soap only in Sikasso, from local wholesalers at the main market. With respect to firewood, they buy this from the peasants (holding a cutting permit) who supply the town. Typically they run their business from home or by walking around, and sell mainly to women.
They each hope to make from this loan an average profit of CFA 20,000 per month, which will be used to pay the loan interest and provide for their families’ needs. The remainder will be invested in the business.
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Les quatre (4) femmes du groupe Belles-dames (toutes mariées) ont une moyenne d’âge de 35 ans et 2 enfants vivant dans des grandes familles traditionnelles élargies au quartier Hamdallaye de Sikasso (troisième région administrative de la république du Mali). Unies par des liens de voisinage, professionnel et de parenté, elles font majoritairement le commerce de bois de chauffe, de savons, de tissus et d’huile alimentaire.
Afin de satisfaire le besoin sans cesse croissant de sa clientèle, ce groupe décida d’intégrer l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso avec laquelle il est à son 6ème prêt solidaire (prêt du groupe). Tous les prêts précédents ont été correctement remboursés.
Avec ce nouveau prêt, les membres du groupe comptent acheter, 8 chargements de charettes en bois de chauffe, 10 cartons de savons, 45 mètres de tissus et 5 bidons d’huile alimentaire. Elles s’approvisionnent exclusivement sur place à Sikasso auprès des grossistes de grand marché (pour les tissus, les huiles alimentaires et le savon). Quant au bois de chauffe, c’est auprès des paysans (ayant un permis de coupe) ravitaillant la ville. Elles mènent généralement leurs activités à domicile et de façon ambulante et vend à une clientèle essentiellement composée de femmes. .
Elles espèrent réaliser chacune avec ce prêt, un bénéfice moyen de 20.000 FCFA par mois qui sera utiliser pour payer les intérêts du prêt, subvenir aux besoins de la famille et investir le reste dans les activités.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 24
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $12,492,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 483.5
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Belles-Dames Group's $1,050 loan helped a member to buy firewood, soap, cloth and vegetable oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009