A loan of $5,725 helped a member to buy fabrics to resell and to make into clothes for her business.

Makarimal Akhlakh Groupe 1's story

The Economic Interest Group (EIG) "Gie Makarimal Akhlah" was created on the 10th of October, 2003, in Senegal. The term "Makarimal Akhlah" symbolises someone with a good heart and good practices. The EIG reached a membership number of 300 in 2009. Its objective is to unite its members and allow them to carry out their businesses including: agricultural and halieutic production, general import-export activities, transportation services, industrial activities, craftwork, construction, breeding, mining exploitation, fishing, hydrocarbon exploitation, art and culture, publishing, woodwork, public utility services, representation, processing fish products, farming, spare parts sales, glass-making, baking and the provision of various services. The EIG also aims to consolidate ties of friendship and solidarity between its members, to enable them to acquire the material means and necessary financing to allow them to develop their revenue-generating activities and benefit from all the advantages linked to the EIG. It was with this in mind that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the EIG and UIMCEC to benefit the EIG members at a national level. The first phase was carried out on a sample of 120 active members, divided into 12 groups of 10.

"Makarimal Akhlakh groupe 1" is one of the EIG subgroups. It unites 10 people who go to the same market where they conduct their revenue-generating activities. They are represented by Marame (the woman dressed in pink who has her hand raised). She is married and lives in Senegal and works in retail, selling fabrics and clothing. She also sews. The revenues she earns through her business enables her to cover her children's schooling expenses and also to save money, with the ambition of one day, in about 3 years time, buying a store and becoming a wholesaler.

In this group: Marame, Mariama, Farmata, Awa, Rokhaya, Alioune Badara, Babacar, Aissatou, Awa, Nogaye

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