A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy vegetables and fruit.

Sabougnouma (La Bonne Cause) Group's story

The group Sabougnouma is composed of six women, all married, who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children, and other parents. As retailers of vegetables and fruit, the women of this group of the association Sabali de Kimparana (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali) average 43 years of age and have at least six children each.

They are highly experience and are on their fifth loan in their third year of collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso. Starting off with 50,000 francs CFA in their first loan cycle, they are now at 150,000 francs after having repaid the first four loans. This loan will be used to buy vegetables in Sikasso and fruit locally from peasant growers of Kimparana. The goods are sold door-to-door or at the crossroads. Some of the women have a fixed spot at the Kimparana marketplace, where they sell more.

According to their estimates, the expected profit with this loan could be 150,000 francs per group member. The profit will be used to repay the loan and to adress common family expenses. They have the ambition to take out larger, individual loans for diversifying their merchandise.
Note: Aminata Koné was sick in bed when the photo was taken.

In this group: Justine , Awa , Aminata , Mariam , Sali , Aba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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