A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy firewood.

Ben Group's story

Ben is a group of women from the Koulikoro neighborhood of the city of Koutiala. They know each other well and live in large, traditional families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. They average 33 years old, are married, and all have at least 4 children.

This group of women sells various items such as clothing, firewood, and sundries. The group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program in order to increase their business. This is their eighth group loan.

Mariam (standing in front, dressed in dark blue damask) is a member of the Ben group and sells firewood. She plans on using her loan to buy large loads of high-quality wood in the brush land near Koutiala that she will retail to a diverse clientele.

While the other members of the Ben group plan on earning an average income of 100,000 CFA Francs each during this cycle, Mariam plans on earning 115,000 CFA Francs. In addition to repaying loans, the women use part of their income to cover personal expenses and to increase their business capital. They hope to strengthen their partnership with Soro Yiriwaso so that they always have inventory to sell.

In this group: Fatoumata, Moumou, Batourou, Bara, Fatoumata, Aminata, Mariam, Assetou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Meredith Rogers

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