A loan of $575 helped a member to buy raw materials for making incense.

Danaya Group's story

This Danaya group is made up of four women, of whom three are married and living in monogamous families and one is single. They have an average age of 31, on average 3 children, and live in the watchstanders' camp in Ségou (4th administrative region of Mali).

They met in the camp because their husbands are watchstanders, in their neighborhoods, and in their income-generating activities in the big open-air market of Ségou. Wishing to grow their working capital, they decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third solidarity loan.

Mrs. Kadiatou B. is much sought after in the watchstanders' camp because of the excellent quality incense she makes and sells. She wants to use her loan to buy ingredients for making incense (cologne, perfumes, and special local ingredients) in the big open-air market of Ségou. To make the incense, she soaks "magnonkissèni" or "n’gueni" in cologne for at least a week, then various perfumes are added. The incense is divided into bottles to be sold retail.

She sells out of her home and also, generally on credit, when walking through the neighborhoods, to a clientele composed essentially of women. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 23,000 F CFA which will be used, following the example of the other members of the group, to put aside as savings and reinvest in their income-generating activities so as to satisfy their ever growing clientele.

In this group: Kadia, Rokia, Kadiatou, Djélika

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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