A loan of $1,575 helped a member to purchase fruit and vegetables.


Amadiyatoun Group's story

Amadiyatou is a group of women of Koutiala who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. The women average 41 years of age, are married, and have at least six children. This group of women does commerce in a variety of goods, such as cosmetics, clothing, fruit & vegetables, and more.

To expand their businesses, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are now on their third group loan.

Korotoumou is group member sitting in the middle in the photo. She is vendor of fruit & vegetables. She intends to use her loan to purchase fruit & vegetables as needed. She procures these goods in Koutiala. Her sales are made retail to a diverse customer base paying with cash at her house and at the market.

While the other Amadiyatou group members plan on making an average profit of 115,000 francs CFA each over the course of the cycle, Ms. Korotoumou plans on making 130,000 francs.

In addition to paying back the loans, the women use part of the revenues to cope with personal expenses and to increase their business capital. They would like to see this Soro Yiriwaso partnership bolstered, so as to avoid inventory shortages.

In this group: Kadiatou, Mariam , Barakissa , Korotoumou , Koninba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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