A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy onions and charcoal.

An Ka Dieya Group's story

The An Ka Dieya Group consists of five women who are mostly married and live in polygamous households. They have an average age of 32 and two children. They all live in the Ouolofobougou neighborhood in the Third commune of Bamako, the capital of Mali. They met through their neighborhood savings groups and their income-generating activities. The group members have been engaging in different income-generating activities, including the sale of onions, atikeke, fresh fish, and charcoal, for over 10 years. To expand and grow their businesses, they decided to join Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan. Ms. Ahissa (at the far left of the photo) enjoys a good reputation because onion is a very popular vegetable among women in the Ouolofobougou market. She plans to use her loan to buy three bags of onions and 10 bags of charcoal. She buys her supplies at the main market in Medine and at the weekly village fairs. She sells for credit to a clientele of women in Ouolofobougou. She expects to earn an average monthly profit of 35,000 FCFA that will be used to meet her needs and reinvested in her business. Her goal is to maintain a loyal partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to benefit from many loans.

In this group: Ahissa, Awa, Saran, Kankou, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh

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