A loan of $2,075 helped a member buying white damask cloth and supplies for dying cloth.

Nyetaa Group's story

The six women of the group Nyetaa are all married in monogamous families, and they average 36 years of age and three children all living in the Hamdallaye district, in the urban community of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). This group of women, who are linked by ties of kinship and marriage, became specialized in the businesses of dying cloth and selling the items to do so. The group members are on their eleventh solidarity loan after having properly repaid without fail the ten preceding ones.

Ms. Safiatou H., who is the president of the group, has been operating her business dying cloth and selling the dyed damask for thirty years. She offers her dye services to anyone who needs them, and she ensures the training of the young women who want the training. She enjoys a great reputation for quality and seriousness in her work.

Safiatou will use her sum for buying: 40 bolts of damask cloth, including 2 bolts of "riche" damask, 30 kg of caustic soda, a dozen pouches of various dyes, a box of laundry soap, and 10 kg of salt. She gets her supplies in Bamako.

To dye damask cloth, the motifs must be introduced onto the cloth ahead of time. And then the necessary quantity of caustic soda is dissolved with the necessary colors. It is all mixed, boiled, left to soak, washed as needed, dried, and pounded until the cloth is smooth and shiny.

Accepting cash or credit, Safiatou sells her products at home and by special order in Bamako and Dakar to a customer base composed of women and men.

She hopes to make a monthly profit of 95,000 francs CFA that will be used to repay her loan, to help cover family expenses, and to take part in societal events (marriages, baptisms, funerals).

In this group: Safiatou, Fatoumata , Kadiatou , Aminata , Djeneba , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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