A loan of $975 helped a member to buy different goods (Was pagnes, damask, shoes, wallets, firewood, sugar, milk, spaghetti, embroidered fabrics.

Jigignouma (Sûre Espoir) Group's story

Specialized in the commerce of various goods, such as Wax pagnes (colorful West African cloth), 'moins riche' damasks (highly prized fabrics in Africa), shoes, wallets, firewood, sugar, milk, spaghetti, and embroidered fabrics, the five women of the group Jigignouma live in large traditional families in Sanoubougou II, the downtown area of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali). They are married and average 31 years of age and four children.

The women of this group, of the association Soleil de Sanoubougou II, are on their third solidarity loan (group loan) with Soro Yiriwaso. All of the preceding loans have been repaid. They are requesting this loan to be able to buy: 1 sack of sugar, 3 boxes of milk, 1 box of spaghetti, 3 boxes of soap, 3 lengths of embroidered fabrics, 2 lengths of damask, 3 lengths of Wax pagnes, 1 ten-tonne truckload of firewood, 10 pairs of shoes, and 10 wallets.

The cities of Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso and Bamako and Sikasso in Mali are the principal sources of supplies for these women, who sell their merchandise at the marketplace of the city of Sikasso (and sometimes door-to-door in the districts) either wholesale or retail, cash and credit accepted. Some women send their merchandise to Abidjan (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire), where they are sold.

With this third loan, they each hope to realize an average profit of 40,000 francs CFA per month, which will be used to cover the loan interest, provide for their families, and to invest the remainder in their respective businesses.

In this group: Assanatou, Assa, Mamou, Aminata, Saran

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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