A loan of $1,875 helped a member buy potatoes.


Heremakono Group's story

The six members of the Heremakono group are married women who on average are 48 years old with five children. Most of them live in traditional families in Mamassoni, one of the neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso, in the third administrative region of Mali. They are on their fifth group loan with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution, to meet their customers' needs. Mrs. Awa, who is standing in the first position from left to right in the photo of this Heremakono group of women, sells potatoes. She intends use the loan to buy five 100-kilo baskets of potatoes at the main market, where she is in high demand by her customers due to the quality of her products. Retail sales are conducted in Mamassoni, to a clientele composed of men and women, for cash and on credit. She hopes to attain average monthly profits of 43,000 CFA francs, a portion of which will be used to pay off the loan and its interest, and rest put into savings.

In this group: Awa , Bonkana , Aminata , Kadiatou , Assitan , Adiaratou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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