A loan of $850 helped a member to buy firewood.

Dakan Group's story

The Dakan group is made up of equitably married women from polygamous and monogamous households, who live with their husbands and children. They average 36 years of age with four children each. They all live in the village of Kanadjiguila in the Mandé commune/Kati circle and they got to know each other as neighbors.

The group members have small businesses selling firewood, condiments and groundnut seeds, and also practising restauration activities. With a view to expand their businesses, the members decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan cycle.

Safiatou, who is sitting on the far right of the photo, has a great reputation for selling firewood. She is planning to use her loan to buy one truck load of wood in the villages surrounding Bamako. She resells her goods on a retail basis in Kanadjiguila to a mixed customer base. As a result of this loan, Safiatou hopes to make an average monthly profit of 50,000FCFA which will be used to reinvest in her business. Her aim is, through this relationship with Soro Yiriwaso, to buy a plot of land to habitation purposes.

In this group: Safiatou, Moussokoro, Fanta, Nassoun

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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