A loan of $1,425 helped a member to purchase cloth.

Balimaya Group's story

The women of the group BALIMAYA average 27 years of age and two children, all living in traditional extended families in SANTORO II, a district in SAN/SEGOU City (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). These women know one another through ties of kinship, and they have businesses buying and selling clothing, beverages, and general goods.

After having correctly paid back their previous loans, the women of the group BALIMAYA are on now on their second solidarity loan. ASSA, the first woman standing at the right in the photo, intends to use her loan to purchase 15 dresses, 3 lengths of Wax ’pagnes’ (the colorful cloth of western Africa), and 15 meters of sheer fabric. She gets her supplies locally from wholesalers. Her sales are made to men and women customers paying with cash and often credit.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 16,000 francs CFA that will be used for expenses related to healthcare, food, clothing, and schooling. The rest will be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Bintou, Bintou, Fanta, Assa, Tah, Djeneba, Coumba, Djeneba, Ami

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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