A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy tomatoes, cabbages, and parsley.

Danaya Group's story

The seven women of Danaya Group all live in polygamous households. They average 36 years of age and four children. All live in Sikoroni, a neighborhood in Bamako District.

The got to know each other through bonds of community and through their money-earning businesses at the Sikoroni market. They retail condiments (tomatoes, cabbages, and parsley), cosmetics, potatoes, and clothing.

In order to increase their working capital, the members of the group decided to work with Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their first solidarity loan (group loan).

Mrs. Djénèba is the woman sitting in the center in the photograph. She's very well renowned as a seller of condiments (tomatoes, cabbages, parsley). She intends to use her loan to buy, wholesale in Bamako, 4 baskets of tomatoes, 6 sacks of cabbages, and 3 baskets of parsley.

She resells for cash and on credit, at the market and as a traveling saleswoman, to a clientele comprising mostly women. With this loan, she hopes to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 40'000, to be reinvested in her business and used to provide for her children and household.

In this group: Mariam, Sayon, Awa, Djénèba, Salimata, Moussokoro, Dandara

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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