A loan of $1,100 helped a member to purchase cereals.


Mamelon Group's story

The Mamelon Group brings together women from the Millionkin district of the town of Koury. They all know each other well and live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and in-laws. These married women have an average age of 32 and and at least three children each. This group of women sells various items, such as clothing, fruits, vegetables and cereals. In order to expand the scale of their businesses, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso lending scheme. This will be their third group loan.

Adiata, the woman crouching down on the right-hand side of the front row in the photo, is a member of the Mamelon Group. She sells cereals, such as millet, sorghum, corn, rice and fonio. She plans on using this loan to purchase each these cereals by the sackful, as and when she needs them, at market. She will then resell them to a mixed customer base.

Whereas other members of the Mamelon Group are each planning to make an average profit of 95,000 FCFA over the course of this loan cycle, Adiata is planning on making 100,000 FCFA. In addition to paying back the loan, they will use part of the revenue to pay for their daily expenses and increase their working capital. They hope to further develop this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso so that their stock levels remain strong.

In this group: Ami , Fanta , Kadiatou , Kiatou , Aichata, Adiata, Assan

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Christopher Smith



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