A loan of $4,525 helped a member to buy four 50 kg bags of baobab fruit at 4,000 CFA Francs each, three bags of hibiscus flower at 5,000 CFA Francs each, two bags of sugar at 25,000 CFA Francs each, as well as various food coloring and flavoring used to make juices.


Astou's Group's story

The Kambeng Doumassou Banc Villageois was created with its inauguration on November 15, 2006. The group is made up of women with a great deal of experience with the institution's program, and who are very involved in their income-generating activities, mainly small-scale retail sale. They all live in the same neighborhood, which has promoted an understanding and a solidarity that are appreciated by all.

Astou (seated third from the left with her hand raised) is the group's featured borrower. She is married and has 7 children: 5 girls and 2 boys. She is a very enterprising woman in the business of selling fruit juices made from hibiscus, baobab fruit, tamarind and ginger. She gets her supplies from the central market. She benefits from a great deal of know-how, thanks to her 5 years of experience in the business.

Her new loan will enable her to buy four 50 kg bags of baobab fruit at 4,000 CFA Francs each, three bags of hibiscus at 5,000 CFA Francs each, and two bags of sugar at 25,000 CFA Francs each, with the rest going towards various food coloring and flavoring used to make juices. With the resulting income, she plans to cover not only daily expenses, but also her children's schooling and her own needs.

In this group: Astou, Yacine, Mberry, Maimouna, Kadidiatou Mouskeba, Alele, Aissatou, Moussouba, Egue, Penda, Diarra Bousso, Rouguiyatou, Ndeye, Marietou, Safietou, Oumy, Fatoumata, Aissatou, Fatou, Penda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Meredith Rogers



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