A loan of $1,675 helped a member buy condiments.


Dondouma Group's story

The Dondouma group consists of married women living with their husbands and children in traditional families. They are on average 45 years old with seven children. They all live in Samè, one of Bamako's neighborhoods, and became acquainted through kinship, neighborhood ties and friendship.

Members of the group are small retail merchants who deal in condiments (tomato concentrate, eggplants and parsley) and fruit. To build up their stock supplies, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third group loan cycle.

Mrs. Koniba (the woman sitting on the far left in the photo) has a good reputation selling condiments (tomato concentrate, eggplants and parsley). She intends to use her loan to buy wholesale 5 boxes of tomato concentrate, 5 bags of eggplants and 3 baskets of parsley in Médine. Retail sales are conducted in Samè to a clientele consisting mainly of women.

Mrs. Koniba hopes to achieve with this loan an average monthly profit of 95,000 CFA francs, to be fed back into the business and used to meet the children's small needs.

In this group: Koniba , Fatoumata , Ramata , Lala
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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