A loan of $5,750 helped a member to purchase fabrics, crockery and women's handbags for resale.

Makarimal Akhlakh Groupe 5's story

The mutual economic interest group (GIE) called GIE MAKARIMAL AKHLAH was started on the 10th October 2003 in Sénégal. The expression "Makarimal Akhlakh" symbolises someone with a kind heart, and worthy actions. The group has had 300 members since 2009. Its goal is to bring its members together and to allow them to conduct their various activities - namely agricultural and fish production, general import export business, transport, factory work, skilled labour, construction, animal rearing, mining, fishing, oil drilling, art and culture, printing and woodwork, public services, legal services, fish processing, agriculture, sale of spare parts, ice making, baking, and the provision of general services.
The group aims also to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between its members in order to help them obtain the necessary practical and financial means to develop their revenue generating activities - such that all benefit from the advantages of group membership.
It is in this spirit that a heads of agreement has been signed between the group and UIMCEC, to the benefit of the group members on a national level. The first phase of the project has focused on a sample of 120 active group members, divided into 12 sub-groups of 10 people.
"MAKARIMAL Akhlakh group 5" is a group of 10 members who offer their various services in the same market. They are represented by Dethié (dressed in purple in the photo). She has sold fabrics for the last 8 years, as well as crockery and ladies handbags.
She is a member of the UIMCEC and spends nine hours daily on her business. She is requesting a loan in order to purchase stock. Her plan is to diversify the range of goods she sells.
The profits generated from this will enable her to cover her childrens' schooling costs, and also to be able to put some money into savings. Her plan is to buy a plot of land for her parents.

In this group: Dethie, Ndiaw Macodou, Ndeye Mariama, Seydina Omar, Nafissatou, Thiama, Issakha, Yakhara, Mame Yacine, Samba

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton

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