A loan of $825 helped a member to purchase ingredients for dyeing cloth.

Courageuse Group's story

"Courageuse" is a group composed of four married women for the most part in monogamous households. The women average 27 years of age and four children each, all living in Kalaban Coro, in Cercle de Kati (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of community and through their revenue-generating businesses at the market in Kalaban Coro. The group members have small-scale businesses selling powdered milk, Arab couscous, damask fabrics, and Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa), and they dye cloth.

With the goal of increasing their capital, the group members decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Fatoumata (sitting first from the right in the photo) is really renowned for her dyed cloth. She intends to use her loan to purchase 5 kg of dyes of different colors and some potash. She gets her supplies of these products at the big market.

To dye a length of damask fabric, you heat some water to over 100 degrees and then mix in some dyes and the potash, per a customer's wishes.

With this loan, Ms. Fatoumata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 75,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in the same business and ensuring her children's education. Her ambition is to participate in the different international fairs.

In this group: Rokia, Fatoumata, Mariam, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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