A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy damask fabrics.

Danaya Group's story

Most of the five women who compose the Danaya group are married in polygamous families. They average 42 years of age and 4 children each, and they all live in the village of Sèmèbougou, in the rural commune of Pelengana, in the Ségou region (fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other through family, marriage and neighborhood ties.

These women buy and sell rice, wax and damask fabrics, and various other goods such as tea, pasta etc. Eager to meet their customers' increasing needs, they have joined Soro Yiriwaso and this is their tenth solidarity loan.

Standing first from the left in the photo, Awa is an important seller of all grades of "bazin" or damask fabrics, in the village of Sèmèbougou as well as in the surrounding areas. She is planning to use her loan to buy seven sets of "bazin" fabrics, all printed differently. She buys damask fabrics from dyers in Ségou and resells them for cash or on credit to a customer base which, in her village, consists of both men and women. She also sells as an itinerant retailer in nearby villages, as well as at the market by the Ségou water tower.

Thanks to this loan, Awa is expecting average monthly profits to reach 70,000 CFA francs, which will be reinvested in her business and also used to pay her children's school fees and to buy the condiments that her family needs. Like the other women of the group, her goal is to use her partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to buy a plot of land in her commune's main town, to eventually build a house.

In this group: Kadiatou , Fatoumata , Djènèba , Oumou , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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