A loan of $1,875 helped a member to purchase more than a dozen young pigs and sacks of unshelled peanuts and to cover the cost of shelling.

Antoinette's Group's story

This [group] was created on December 5, 2000 when [the ’banc villageois’ was] inaugurated. The group is composed of women who are from the same village. Having very good solidarity between them, these women get along very well together and enjoy a reputation as hard-working. Their main work involves small-scale commerce and rainy-season farming.

Ms. Antoinette (standing at the right with her hand raised) is the featured borrower. She is 49 years old and a married mother of six children, of whom two are girls, and four are boys. She is a woman with a lot of experience in the business of processing local products. She is also a vendor of pigs in her community and in a neighboring country. She purchases young pigs from villagers and fattens the pigs for about forty days. She then resells them at the right time or has them slaughtered for celebrations or religous events.

With her new loan, she is going to purchase over a dozen young pigs and some sacks of unshelled peanuts at 10,000 francs CFA and to pay the cost of shelling them for processing.

The profits from her business will enable her to grow her savings and to help in an active manner in managing household expenses.

In this group: Antoinette, Kinta

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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