A loan of $1,600 helped a member buy various items.

Kodiagnogona Group's story

The women of the Kodiagnogona group are on average 35 years old with three children, and all live in traditional extended families in Santoro II, one of the neighborhoods of San/Segou (the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

These women became acquainted through kinship ties and are small retail traders of various items, beverages and clothing. Having successfully repaid their previous loans, the women of the Kodiagnogona group are on their fifth group loan.

Aminata is the first woman from left to right in the photo. She intends to use the loan to buy 5 boxes of soap, 2 boxes of bleach, 5 lengths of Uni wax (colorful West-African fabric) and 10 boxes of ointment.

She buys locally from wholesalers, 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 60,000 CFA francs to be spent on health and food. The rest will be reinvested in the business.

In this group: Kadiatou, Mariam, Aminata, Teneya, Tenin

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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