A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy 2 baskets of dried fish and 3 drums of palm oil for resale.

Fatou's Group's story

This group is made up of women who are all very involved, and have managed to develop their retail businesses since the creation of the 'Banc Villageois' on 6th June 2002. There is a strong tradition of self-help and mutual support within the group, which results from the members living in the same village for many years.

Fatou (sitting on the right, with her hand raised in the photo) is the group representative. She is married and has seven children, four boys and three girls. She is very active and sells dried fish and palm oil. She buys her supplies every two weeks at the local weekly market. She then retails her products in her village and the surrounding area. This loan will be used to buy 2 baskets of dried fish and 3 drums of palm oil for resale.

Fatou plans to use her profits to improve the living conditions of her family, and help her husband to provide for the day-to-day expenses of their household.

In this group: Fatou, Lamou Gnima, Fatoumata, Fatou, Siring, Mariama, Fatou, Safietou, Salimatou, Khady, Astou, Sire, Dioncounda, Aissatou, Diatou, Kady, Marie, Kanny, Adama, Mansata, Rocky

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder.

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