A loan of $1,275 helped a member to purchase onions.

Yiriwa Group's story

The four women of the group Yiriwa are married for the most part in monogamous households. The women average 34 years of age and three children each. And they all live in Ouolofobougou, a district in Bamako. They know one another through ties of kinship, friendship, community, and their revenue-generating businesses at the Ouolofobougou market. The group members have small-scale businesses involving condiments (onions), okra, and fish, and they work in food service.

With the goal of resupplying themselves with cash, the group members decided to collaborate with the the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Djénèba (the woman standing second from the right in the photo) is famous for selling onions. She intends to use her loan to purchase a tonne of onions wholesale in Bamako. Accepting cash or credit, she hawks her merchandise to mostly women customers.

With this loan, Ms. Djénèba hopes to make an average monthly profit of 70,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in her business and ensuring her children’s care.

In this group: Kadiatou , Mariétou , Marama , Djénèba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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