A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy food products for resale.

Soutoura Group's story

The Soutoura Group is part of the Minataton Association in Keleya. The women members know one another through family and local ties. They are, on average, 37 years old and have four children. All the women are married and live in large, traditional families in Keleya, in the Bougouni prefecture (Sikasso Region, Republic of Mali).

The group members have all been selling food products (tomatoes, cabbages, carrots, pepper and onions) for several years, and are much sought after. They aim to respond to the growing demands of their customers, so they work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their eleventh group loan.

Mariam (standing on the far right in the photo) is the group president and sells food ingredients. She is an excellent saleswoman. She plans to use her loan to buy ten baskets of tomatoes and three sacks of onions, from wholesalers locally and in the surrounding villages. She makes her sales on a cash or credit basis to both men and women in Keleya.

Mariam hopes to make a monthly profit of 50,000 francs CFA, which she will use to repay her loan and reinvest in her food business.

In this group: Mariam , Kourouni , Awa , Chata , Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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