A loan of $825 helped a member to buy sewing materials.


Maraka Group's story

The 4 women of the Maraka group have an average of 35 and, on average, 5 children, and are all married and living in monogamous households. They all live in the village of Kalaban Coro, the main town of a district located in the circle of Kati (in the second administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly relationships. The group members are small retailers of fruit, vegetables, pre-cooked fonio (a species of millet), beauty products and sewing services, including clothing sales. The members of the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their working capital and are on their first group loan. Djènèba (sitting on the far right in the picture) plans to use her loan to buy 10 rolls of thread, one litre of oil for the maintenance of her machine and 10 bolts of wax pagnes (highly colourful and decorative West African cloth). She gets her supplies from the wholesalers at the Grand Market. She resells the clothes she makes for cash or credit in her workshop in Kalaban Coro to a clientèle mainly made up of women. She also earns a lot sewing clothes for her customers. Thanks to this loan, Djènèba hopes to make an average monthly profit of 80 000 francs which will be reinvested in her business. She aims to buy property destined for habitation whilst working with Soro Yiriwaso and Kiva.

In this group: Djènèba , Assan , Mariam , Fatoumata
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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