A loan of $700 helped a member to buy cosmetics.

Danaya Group's story

The women belonging to the Danaya group, the majority of whom are married and living in large traditional families, average 46 years of age with three children each. They all live in the village of Dallan in the region of Ségou (Mali's fourth administrative region) and got to know each other through neigbhbors, their professional activities and relatives. They buy and sell cosmetics, clothing, plastic cups and various other goods.

With a view to satisfying their ever-increasing and more demanding customers, the members of the group decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program and are on their fourth group loan, having repaid in full the previous loans.

Tenin, who is the president of the association (standing second from the right in the photo) excels in the sale of cosmetics and jewelry. She is in great demand in Dallan and the surrounding areas. She is planning to use her loan to buy two dozen perfumes, five dozen body creams (particularly for this cold period) and a large quantity of jewelry in Bamako. She sells for cash, on a retail basis and on credit to a diverse customer base.

With this loan, Tenin is hoping to make an average monthly profit of 16,500FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her activity and to help her husband in providing for the household's needs.

In this group: Fafoune , Aminata , Kotimi , Tenin , Toma , Assa , Farga

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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