A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy 25 kg [55 lbs] of flour, a 10-liter [2.6 gal] jug of vegetable oil, sugar and various ingredients for cooking fritters and fishcakes for sale.


Mariama's Group's story

The group was created on May 16, 2011 at the launch of the local banc villageois. It is composed of women who, in addition to living in the same village, keep gaining more experience in their respective businesses thanks to a better understanding of the loan program, which is made known thanks to the fact that the village hosts a weekly "Loma" market. The relations among group members are marked by solidarity and mutual help. The group members mainly work as vendors.

Mrs. Mariama (the one seated on the far right raising her left hand) is the star borrower of the group. She is married and the mother of three children ranging from ten to 15 years of age: one boy and two girls. She is a very energetic woman selling fritters and fishcakes she cooks at home for resale at the market. She has been in this business over five years and knows her customer base well.
With this new loan, she plans to buy 25 kg [55 lbs] of flour, a 10-liter [2.6 gal] jug of vegetable oil, sugar and various ingredients needed to cook fritters and fishcakes for resale. Thanks to her revenues, she plans to take an active part in providing for household needs (the children's school fees, clothing and healthcare) and use the rest to grow her savings.

In this group: Mariama, Maimouna Kadia, Khady, Djiba, Ansata, Cire, Lamarana Djiba, Ramata, Aminata, Rougui, Dienabou Mamadou, Khadidiatou, Diambang, Aminata, Hawa, Jacqueline, Fatoumata, Adama, Coumba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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