A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy smoked fish.

Soutoura Group's story

Soutoura is a group of women who come from Koutiala and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. On average, they are 37 years old, with at least four children each.

This group of women sell various items such as bananas, groundnut, pagnes (traditional African fabrics), fish (smoked and fresh), millet, potatoes, charcoal, used clothing etc. In order to expand their businesses, they have decided to join the loan program offered by Soro Yiriwaso. This is their first group loan.

Awa, second from the left in the front row, is planning to use her loan to buy some baskets of smoked fish which she will gradually resell on a retail basis to a diverse group of customers. She buys her merchandise at the Grand Market.

While the other members of the Soutoura group are expecting to make an average profit of 95,000 CFA francs each during this loan cycle, Awa is expecting to make a profit of 110,000 CFA francs.

The members of the group will use their earnings not only to repay their loans but also to cover their personal expenses and to increase their businesses. They wish to strengthen their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso in order to prevent a shortage of stocks.

In this group: Awa, Nana, Fatoumata, Achata, Fatoumata, Nana, Fatoumata, Maimouna, Aminata, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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