A loan of $6,075 helped a member buy canned goods for retail sales.

Makarimal Akhlakh Gpe 45 Group's story

Makarimal Akhlakh is an economic interest group (EIG) that was created in 2003. It currently counts more than 3,000 members composed for the most part of men and women located in different regions of Senegal.

The purpose of this EIG is to allow its members to engage in various activities: agricultural and fisheries production, general trade imports and exports, transportation, industry, crafts, building industry, livestock breeding, mining, transportation for the fishing industry, exploitation of hydrocarbons, art, culture, printing, carpentry services, public service activities, representation, processing of fishery products, agriculture, sale of spare parts, ice-making, bakery and delivery services.

The group is represented nationally by Mrs. Ramatoulaye Faye who has signed an agreement with UIMCEC regarding funding for its members which would allow them to acquire material and financial resources to further develop their activities.

Consequently Makarimal Akhlakh group 45 is a GIE credit subgroup, composed of 10 women represented by lady Fatou (the one with the raised hand on the photo). They all work in the same area of activity.

Fatou is a married woman who has been active for more than 10 years in retail commerce, selling food products. She starts each day's activities at 9 am in the morning to finish at 7 pm. She is a member of one of the branches of UIMCEC where she is requesting a loan to purchase canned goods destined for sale.

She wants to further develop her trade activity. The income provided enables her to save money to eventually acquire a canteen. With the increased profits she also wants to contribute towards improving her family's nutritional well-being.

In this group: Fatou, Ndeye Astou, Dieynaba, Amy, Marame, Aramata, Raby, Rokhaya, Khady, Adama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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