A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy condiments.


Danaya Group's story

Danaya is a group of the Benkadi Association of Dianikoro. It is composed of five women who know each other as relatives and neighbors. On the average, they are 31 years old. Married, and with five children on the average, they are engaged in various business activities, such as buying and reselling condiments. This is what Djeneba does, for example. She is the first one standing from right to left in the photo. The group members live in traditional extended families in Dianikoro, in the Kati prefecture (Koulikoro region, the Republic of Mali).

They have been working as vendors for years and have a lot of customer following. With the goal of meeting growing demand, two years ago the group members have decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their third solidarity loan. Djeneba plans to use her loan to buy various food condiments (pepper, tomatoes, onions, cabbage and Maggi cube). She buys her stock from wholesalers in Ouelessebougou and sells in Dianikoro, retail, for cash and on credit, to a customer base composed of women and men. She hopes to earn a monthly revenue of 40,000 West African francs, which will allow her to pay off her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Djeneba, Sanata, Sofi , Ami, Maimouna
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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