A loan of $400 helped a member to buy seasoning.

Danaya Group's story

The four female members of the Danaya group are all married in monogamous families, and have an average age of 30 and an average of four children. They live in the Bagadadji neighborhood of Ségou (Mali’s fourth-largest administrative region), and know each other as they are related to one another or are neighbors. The group members work in small-scale retail, selling high-grade “pagnes” (traditional wrap-around cloth), pharmaceutical products and seasoning.

To increase their working capital, the members of the Danaya group joined Soro Yiriwaso, and are on their 10th group loan cycle. Aïssata (the second woman from right to left in the photo) has a good reputation in the sale of all kinds of products (shallots, garlic, pepper, cabbage, dried fish, iodized salt, fresh tomatoes and tomato purée) in Bagadadji market.

Aïssata plans to use her loan to buy 300 kilos of shallots from the Niono traders in the Grand Market of Ségou. She resells her produce on a cash and credit basis from home and at Bagadadji market in Ségou, and her customers are mainly female. Aïssata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 300,000 francs CFA with her loan, which she will reinvest in her business and provide for her household’s seasoning needs.

In this group: Awa, Assetou, Aïssata, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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