A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase the ingredients for making soft drinks.


Reseau Group's story

The group RESEAU is composed of four married women, who average 31 years of age and four children each. The women live in traditional extended families in the NIEBALA district of Bougouni City. And they know one another through ties of community, friendship, and commerce.

To bolster their financial capacity, so as to have better businesses, they joined the the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first loan with it.

This group of women does commerce in soft drinks, as does ALIMA, who is the first woman standing from the right in the photo. She intends to use her loan to purchase 50 kg of sugar, 30 kg ginger, and some banana flavoring from wholesalers in Bougouni. She makes her sales retail to a mixed customer base paying with cash or credit at her home and at the market.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 15,000 francs CFA that will be invested in her business and used to pay back the loan.

In this group: Alima, Setou, Djeneba, Rokia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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