A loan of $2,525 helped a member to buy plastic shoes for resale.


Soutoura Group's story

The six women in the Soutoura Group are all married, most of them in monogamous families. They are, on average, 37 years old and have four children. They live in Sirakoro Dounfing, a neighbourhood of Bamako. The women know one another through working at the Sirakoro Dounfing market, and friendship, neighbourhood and family ties. The members of this group sell plastic shoes (for men and women), kitchen utensils, condiments and cosmetic products. In order to build up their stock levels, the women work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their second group loan. Fatoumata (standing on the far right of the photo) is well-known for selling plastic shoes (for men and women). She plans to use her loan to buy 600 pairs of plastic shoes for all ages, from wholesalers in Bamako. She will resell them in Sirakoro Dounfing, to mainly women customers. Fatoumata hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 90,000 francs CFA, which she will use to reinvest in her business and pay for healthcare costs for her children.

In this group: Fanta , Sitan , Fatoumata , Ramata , Nansa , Oumou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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