A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy wax pagnes (traditional, wrap-around clothing) for resale.

Gnongonlame Group's story

The Gnongonlamè Group is mostly made up of monogamous, married women who live with their husbands and children in traditional families. They are, on average, 33 years old and have four children. The women all live in Kanadjiguila, in the commune of Mandé/district of Kati. They know one another through family, neighbourhood and friendship.

The members of the group are all retailers of high-quality wax pagnes (traditional, wrap-around clothing), second-hand clothing and yams. In order to increase their business earnings, the women have decided to work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their first group loan.

Kiatou (sitting on the far right of the photo) has built up a strong reputation for the quality of the wax pagnes that she sells. She will use her loan to buy 20 wax pagnes from wholesalers at the main market. She will then resell them in Kanadjiguila, on foot, mainly to women. Kiatou hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA, which she will use to reinvest in her business and provide for some of the needs of her children.

In this group: Kiatou , Fatoumata , Aïssata , Aminata , Sitan
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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