GAINING THE POWER TO GIVE
“The money comes from my business and I have the power to give loans to my husband.”
Before becoming a Trickle Up participant, Niamoye Maiga and her family of six struggled to make ends meet. Her husband worked long hours doing backbreaking labor in their fields, while Niamoye made beads, a tedious task that brought in little profit. The rest of the family helped when they could with rice cultivation, weeding, gardening, packaging, and trading. All together, these activities got them by day-to-day.
The idea of planning out her business and her future was unfathomable before, but Niamoye took initiative and used the grant and training she received from Trickle Up to expand her beading business, making a variety of products which allowed her to reach more customers. In addition to her beading work, Niamoye decided to also invest in rearing sheep and selling clothes, two business ventures which proved to be very profitable.
As a result of her increased profits, she now has the ability to lend money to her husband.
This allows him to increase cereal production in their field, invest in fertilizer, and hire outside labor. Niamoye explains, “The money comes from my business and I have the power to give loans to my husband,” Niamoye explains. Her new businesses have not only given her financial stability, they have also created a greater sense of cooperation and mutual respect between Niamoye and her husband.
Now, Niamoye is able to provide for her family. “I bought a TV, chairs, a bicycle for my child, and a phone for myself. I continue to give my husband interest-free, repayable loans depending on my available funds. Every week I contribute to the family expenses. Before Trickle Up, my contributions were neither steady nor up to date. Now, I can provide for my family.”
Niamoye Maiga of Mali, West Africa
Bead maker, provider, decision-maker