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

Kankele Group's story

The women in the Kankele group are on average 37 years old with four children, and all live in traditional extended families in Tion/Segou (the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

These women became acquainted through kinship ties and are small retail traders of condiments and various items. Having successfully repaid their previous loans, the women in the Kankele group are on their seventh group loan.

Awa is the second woman from the left to the right in the photo. She intends to use the loan to buy 40 kilos of onions, 25 kilos of salt, 15 kilos of hot peppers, 10 baskets of tomatoes, 15 packages of Maggi cubes and 20 liters of vegetable oil.

She buys locally and in the surrounding villages, and sells retail to a clientele composed of women and men, for cash and often on credit.

She hopes to attain average monthly profits of 45,000 CFA francs she will spend on health, food, clothing, and school fees. The rest will be reinvested in the business.

In this group: Awa, Awa, Djeneba, Mechitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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