A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy damask fabric of the highest quality.

Soutoura Group's story

The Soutoura group is made up only of women who live in monogamous relationships. They have an average age of 34 and, on average, 3 children. They all live in Bamako-Coura, one of the districts in Bamako, and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly relationships. The group members are small retailers of cloth (damask) of mixed quality, beauty products and groundnut oils. The group members decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their first group loan cycle.

Rokia (the woman sitting in the middle in the picture) has a good reputation as a seller of cloth (including damask, light fabrics and wax pagnes, a highly colourful and decorative type of West African cloth). She plans to use her loan to buy 20 metres of damask cloth in Bamako. She makes her sales at the market and on the streets to a varied retail clientèle. Thanks to this loan, Rokia hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40 000 francs which she will reinvest in her business. Her aim is to buy a plot of residential land thanks to her relationship with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Fanta , Rokia , Nassoun , Bintou , Kadiatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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