A loan of $975 helped a member to buy different goods: pagnes, rice peanut oil, and potatoes.

Danaya (La Confiance) Group's story

The four women of the group Danaya are all married and average 49 years of age and two children. They live in traditional extended familes in Médine, one of the districts of the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of friendship and community. Their principal work includes catering and commerce in potatoes and 'wax' and 'fancy' grades of pagnes (colorful West African cloth) that are printed locally in Mali by Comatex.

For four years now, this group has been working with the institution Soro Yiriwaso and is on its sixth solidarity loan. The group intends to utilize this loan to buy: 10 sacks of potatoes, 34 lengths of pagnes, 2 sacks of rice, and 2 drums of peanut oil.

The members of the group get their supplies (of raw ingredients for catering) at the grand marketplace in the city of Sikasso. As for the pagnes, they are restocked by custom order from the wholesalers of Bamako (capital of Mali).

The sales are made at the marketplace, out of homes, and door-to-door at the retail level, cash or credit accepted, to customers composed generally of women and youngsters.

In this group: Safoura , Mariam , Fatoumata , Nana
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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