A loan of $800 helped a member purchase of wheat flour.

Djekadi (L’Union Est Bonne Group's story

All residents of the village of Yangasso in the prefecture of San (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali) and living in traditional extended families, the six women of the Djekadi group of the Siguidia Assocation are on average 45 and have, on average 6 children. United by professional bonds and the ties of neighborhood, they are specialized in baking and selling bread.

They have been a part of the credit program of the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso for two years now. The amount of their loans has gone from 50,000 F CFA for their first loan to 75,000 F CFA for their fourth. The present loan will be used to buy sacks of wheat flour for bread making.

They buy their supplies in the market of Yangasso in the little shops there. They sell in the same market and at home where their traditional oven is located. Their sales are made to a clientele constituted of all sorts of people from their village.

With this new loan, they each expect to make an average of 60,000 F CFA of profit per cycle, which will be used for everyday expenditures in their families. Their ambition is to open a modern bakery in Yangasso.

In this group: Mariam , Aminata , Fatoumata , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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