A loan of $1,075 helped a member to purchase fruit for making juice drinks.

Sabougnouma Group's story

Sabougnouma is a Hamdallaye group of women in the city of Koutiala. They live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. The women average 43 years of age and have at least four children. This group of women does commerce in various goods, such as condiments, cosmetic products, cloth, thread, beverages, and general goods. To increase the size of their businesses, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are now on their 19th group loan.

Mamou, a member of the group Sabougnouma, is the one sitting at the end on the left. She is a vendor of condiments and soft drinks, such as orange juice, bissap [made from dried hibiscus flowers], tamarind, or zaban [made from a vine fruit], and she intends to use her loan to purchase fruit that she processes into drinks over time, so as to sell them to a diverse customer base at her house. She procures these condiments at the big market.

While the other members of the group Sabougnouma plan on making an average profit of 100,000 francs CFA each over the course of the cycle, Ms. Mamou plans on making 105,000 francs. In addition to paying back the loans, the women use part of the revenues to cope with personal expenses and to increase their business capital. They would like to see this Soro Yiriwaso partnership bolstered, so that inventory shortages are rare.

In this group: Fanta , Sali, Mamou, Setou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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