A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy wholesale, one or two sacks of sugar, five boxes of green tea and various other food products for resale.

Tamba's Group's story

This group has existed since the inauguration of the 'banc villageois'. The members all get on very well due to their many years working together. They live in the same village and all work as retailers. Some of them also grow rain-fed crops.

Tamba (sitting fourth from the left with her hand raised, in the photo) is the group representative. She is married and has five children, two boys and three girls. She sells food products - sugar, green tea, bouillons and cigarettes. She buys her stock on a wholesale or semi-wholesale basis at the market in her district, or at the weekly markets. She then sells it on a retail basis in her village and the surrounding hamlets. She has a lot of experience because of her many years working in this business.

Tamba plans to use her loan to buy wholesale, one or two sacks of sugar for 25,000 francs CFA, five boxes of green tea and various other food products. Her profits will enable her to help her husband pay for the schooling of their children and improve their general living conditions.

In this group: Tamba, Sattang, Adama, Gnary, Fanta, Coumba Sissao, Oumou, Coumba, Maimouna Alpha, Kadidiatou, Aissatou, Djilika, Mariama, Coumba, Dienabou, Fily, Banna, Mariama, Nialil, Mariama Sow, Kouta, Balaba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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