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


Kelegna Group's story

Kelegna is a group of women from Koutiala who know each other well and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They are on average 37 years old and have at least five children. This group of women sells various items such as soap, fabrics, juice, beverages, fruit, vegetables and miscellaneous items. To expand their activities, the group members have decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their eighth group loan cycle. Salimata, sitting on the right, is a member of the Kelegna group who sells soap. She intends to use her loan to buy barrels of waste oil as the need arises, and turn them into soap for retail sales to a diverse clientele. She obtains the waste oil from suitable Koutiala-based plants. While other members of the Kelegna group expect to achieve average profits of 90,000 CFA francs each over this loan cycle, Ms Salimata expects to achieve 105,000 CFA francs. In addition to the repayment of loans, they use part of the income to meet personal expenses and increase their stock in trade.

In this group: Saliamta , Aichata , Mamou , Safiatou, Lalaicha
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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