A loan of $600 helped a member purchase of pagne wax, rugs, and ingredients to make non-alcoholic beverages (from sugar, powdered juice, ginger, dah packets, flavorings, etc).


Danaya (La Confiance) Group's story

The married women who make up the Danaya group have an average age of 20 years and two children. They live in nuclear families in the Fana sous-prefecture (second administrative region of Mali). The Danaya group participates in diverse activities, from the production of non-alcoholic beverages and powdered juice, and the selling of local plants to the purchase and selling of pagne wax (a highly-prized fabric in Africa), as well as rugs.
To prepare ginger juice, they crush the ginger into a paste. For two kilograms of ginger paste, 10 litres of water, 5 kilograms of sugar, and flavoring are added. Afterwards the mixture is filtered with a sieve and then put into packets which will be placed into a refrigerator before they are sold.
Wanting to increase the size of their business, the women have decided to collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso loan program with which they are on their fifth group (or solidarity) loan. All of their previous loans were repaid in full.
The current loan will be used to purchase 20 rugs measuring four square meters each and 50 pieces of pagne wax, 200 kilograms of sugar, 50 kilograms of dah (dried hibiscus leaves), 50 kilograms of ginger, colorings, and plastic packets.
The members of the Danaya group who sell the pagne wax and the rugs get their stock at the Bobo Dioulasso market (in Burkina Faso). These pagne wax (precut into three pieces) as well as the rugs are sold for cash and on credit with monthly payments.
As for the makers of the non-alcoholic beverages, they stock up at the Fana market and sell their products at the same market at retail prices for cash to a client base comprised mainly of women, stallkeepers, and children. They each hope to make 25,000 FCFA in profit per cycle (which is an average of four weeks) which will be used to help their husbands pay for their children’s educational expenses.

In this group: Ramata , Oumou , Korotoumou, Bah Diallo , Sitan , Mariam

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Manuel Carreiro



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