A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy vegetables for resale.

Djiguiya Group's story

The six members of the 'Djiguiya' Group are all married women who live in polygamous households. They are, on average, 38 years old and have four children. The women all live in Daoudabougou, a distict of Bamako, and know one another through neighbourhood savings groups and their work. They sell vegetables, clothing, food ingredients and fish.

In order to increase their working capital, the group members have decided to work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their first group loan.

Aïssata (sitting on the far left in the photo) is a successful fruit and vegetable seller at the Ouolofobougou Market. She plans to use her loan to buy 2 sacks of onions, a basket of tomatoes and a basket of cabbages from the main market and in Kati. She will then retail them for cash, at the market, mostly to women.

Aïssata expects to achieve a monthly average profit of 40,000 francs CFA, which she will use to reinvest in her business and meet some of the needs of her children. She is relying on her partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to achieve her goal of enlarging her business.

In this group: Aïssata , Dédé , Fatoumata Baro , Awa , Ramata , Ramata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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