A loan of $5,275 helped a member to purchase several six-yard cuts of a variety of fabrics which will be resold during celebrations.


Mareme's Group's story

This banc villageois is one of the most experienced in the lending scheme, bringing together women who have worked a long time within this framework. Years of co-habitation have solidified the bonds which characterise this group. Having accumulated a lot of time with the banc villageois programmes, they have learned to develop a spirit of group solidarity, which now allows them to face up to many situations. Their main businesses involve small-scale retail.

Mareme (the woman sat on the right with her hand raised) is the group's star lender. She is one of the group's core members thanks to her dynamic personality, her good sense and her capacity to guide new members into creating viable revenue-generating businesses. She sells fabrics and various dry goods. She is a married mother to six children: four boys and two girls. She has gained a certain mastery over her business through having practised it for over 15 years.

With this new loan, she is planning on purchasing several six-yard cuts of a variety of fabrics which will be resold during celebrations.

With the profits, she is planning on supporting her retired husband in paying for their family's daily living expenses.

In this group: Mareme, Ramatoulaye, Monique, Elisabeth, Kadiatou, Aminata, Adama*
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Christopher Smith



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