A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy condiments.


Soutoura Group's story

Married mostly into monogamous households, the eight members of the Soutoura group are, on average, 36 years old and have four children. They all live in Djelibougou, one of the neighborhoods of Bamako. They know each other through neighborhood ties and from their work at the Djelibougou market. The group members all work in small-scale commerce selling condiments (onions, cabbage, tomatoes), groundnut paste, and plastic shoes.

In order to increase their business funds, the group members decided to collaborate with Soro Yirwaso. They are on their first group loan.

Safiatou, standing in the first row on the left in the photo, is a great seller of condiments. She plans to use her loan to buy eight trays of tomatoes, five sacs of onions, and six sacs of cabbage at wholesale from the market. Sales will be made at retail in Djelibougou to mostly female customers.

With this loan, Safiatou hopes to earn a average monthly profit of 80,000 francs CFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to support her household expenses.

In this group: Wassa , Meh , Fatoumata , Fatoumata , Sadio , Adiaratou , Oumou , Safiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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