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

Nienta Group's story

The four women in the Nienta group are married mostly in monogamous and polygamous households. They are on average 46 years old with five children. They all live in the Sabalibougou neighborhood in the district of Bamako. They became acquainted through neighborhood ties and their income-generating activities at the Sabalibougou market.

Members of the group are retail traders of fish, grain cereals, clothes and charcoal. In order to resupply by paying cash, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third group loan cycle.

Mrs. Mariam (the woman standing at the far left in the photo) has a great reputation in selling all kinds of fish. She intends to use her loan to buy 115 kilos of fresh fish in Kabala along the Niger River. Retail sales are for cash and on credit, at the market and as an itinerant vendor, to a mixed clientele.

With this loan Mrs. Mariam hopes to achieve average monthly profits of 95,000 CFA francs, to be reinvested in the business and used to ensure their children's well-being.

In this group: Maï, Mariam, Fatoumata, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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