A loan of $3,375 helped a member to buy a basket of smoked fish for 25,000 CFA and various vegetables, all for resale.

Coumba Yero's Group's story

This group was established on the 27th of June 2008, when the "banc villageois" was inaugurated. It is composed of women who, despite the isolation of the village, have managed to be part of the program for five years and acquire a solid experience in the system. They all live in the same village and do small-scale commerce and rainy season agriculture.

Madame Coumba (standing on the far right) is the leader of the group. She is 49, married, and the mother of seven children. She sells vegetables, smoked fish, peanut butter, and various condiments that she buys from big distributors to resell in the village and at weekly markets in neighboring villages.

Her new loan will allow her to buy a basket of smoked fish for 25,000 f CFA and various vegetables for resale. The profit will permit her to share in covering the needs of the family on the one hand, and grow her savings on the other.

In this group: Coumba Yero, Mariama Cire, Madioula, Monde, Binta Thierno, Hawa, Diarry, Raby, Raby, Binta, Kabadie, Koumbel, Diaryatou, Nioufoura, Hassanatou, Kadiatou, Mariama, Assiyatou, Ansata, Aissatou, Voury, Oumou, Sira, Aissatou Bailo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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