A loan of $5,200 helped a member to buy 6 gross (144) bars of soap, three 20-liter jerrycans of palm oil, and various other products.


Sofy's Group's story

The various groups of this "banc villageois", established on the day of its inauguration, are composed of dynamic women who work hard at their income-generating businesses. They mostly work at small-scale commercial businesses with, for several years now, agriculture as a sideline during the rainy season. They all live in the same village and share solid connections.

Madame Sofy (sitting on her heels on the far right) is the star borrower for this group. She is 51, married, and the mother of six children, four boys and two girls. Her business revolves around selling manufactured bar soap, palm oil, and various other daily-use items. She buys her goods at the community market and resells them in front of her house on a table. She has more than 10 years of experience in this business.

Her new loan will allow her to buy 6 gross (144) of bar soap for 4,500 F CFA each, three 20-liter jerrycans of palm oil at 15,000 F CFA and various other products. The profit from her business will allow her to cover expenses for her children such as school supplies, school fees, and healthcare costs.

In this group: Sofy, Mbinkinding*, Mandyilang, Daba, Arabiatou, Haby Fatou, Mandiouba, Oude*, Adama, Fatoumata, Mouskeba, Fanta, Mancoto, Dioutala, Djineba, Mariama, Kady, Khady, Mbinkinding, Tounkang, Awa, Khadidiatou, Tida*, Fatoumata, Kady, Mame, Khady, Solo, Aminata, Tidanke, Sona Kinty, Mama, Koubanaw, Fatou, Fatoumata Fode
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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