A loan of $800 helped a member to buy condiments.

Sabougnouman Group's story

The women of the group Sabougnouman are composed of one widow and three married women who average 38 years of age and 4 children. They live in monogamous families in the Ségou Coura district of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through marital and community ties and through a traditional association. Essentially they do commerce in condiments and found out about Soro Yiriwaso through the general assembly held in the reception area of the chief of the Ségou Coura district.

The group members are on their ninth solidarity loan, after having repaid the preceding eight loans. This loan will be used to buy: 200 kg of fresh onions, part of which would be roasted; and 2 sacks of peanuts, which will be made into peanut butter. They resupply themselves with these condiments at the grand marketplace of Ségou during the weekly fair. Sales are made at home, at the Ségou Coura marketplace, and outside of Mali (Sénégal, Burkina Faso, and France for the shea nut butter) to customers composed of men and women, cash or credit accepted.

The group members intend to realize an average monthly profit of 49,160 francs CFA that will be used to repay the loan and to buy wedding items for their daughters. Their goal is to have a house.

In this group: Djeneba , Niangalé , Aminata , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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