A loan of $3,350 helped a member to strengthen her inventory [with the purchase of:] five 50kg sacks of fonio [a type of millet] for processing and packaging into 500g and 1kg bags; 10 sacks of millet to make couscous and bouillon.


Nene's Group's story

This banc villageois is one of the most experienced in the system and brings together women who have mastered the program. Living together for years has solidified the connections that are characteristic [of these women's relationships]. Through their long experience with bancs villageois, these women have been able to foster a spirit of group solidarity that now allows them to cope with many situations. Their primary activity is small business. Mrs. Néné (seated at right [in the photo]) is the featured borrower of this group. She is 43 years old, married, and the mother of four children, three girls and a boy. She processes local grains (fonio [a type of millet], millet-based couscous, flour from millet bouillon and powdered baobab fruit). She purchases the raw materials in the weekly markets most of the time, with the exception of the commune's central market for the processing and sale of 500g and 1kg bags. With this loan, Mrs. Néné plans to strengthen her inventory [with the purchase of:] - Five 50kg sacks of fonio for processing and packaging into 500g and 1kg bags. - 10 sacks of millet to make couscous and bouillon. The profits from her business will allow Mrs. Néné to better situate her business and to assist her husband in better managing the family's needs.

In this group: Nene, Fatoumata, Aminata, Kadiatou, Bintou, Oumou*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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