A loan of $1,200 helped a member purchase of fish for re-sale.

Teriya (Friendship) Group's story

The Teriya goup is made up of 4 women from Kimparana village (San Prefecture, Ségou region) who are from the same neighborhood. They are on average 30, married, and have at least 2 children.

Their principal business revolves around fish which is sold either fresh, smoked, or grilled. To expand the size of their businesses, the members of the group decided two years ago to join the credit program of Soro Yiriwaso. The amount of money they were allowed to borrow started off at 50,000 F CFA for their first loan and is now at 150,000 F CFA for their 5th loan. This loan will be used to buy cases of fish from Mopti (fifth region of Mali). Besides this primary business, some of the members of the group sell firewood.

Their products are sold at the various marketdays in the area as well as out of their houses. The women of the Teriya group help to cover family expenses and invest a part of the profit back into their businesses.

In this group: Awa Lere, Fatoumata, Job, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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