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Project information

The Second Step

To help women’s savings groups in southern Mali increase their ability to fund equipment that will improve their economic independence

October 2010 - September 2011

Charity information: Mali Development Group

Mali Development Group logo
  • Need


    Over that past few years, there has been a major effort to promote the establishment of small savings groups, particularly amongst women, in poor countries like Mali.

    A significant problem is that the savings capacity of the groups is insufficient to make larger value purchases, such as market gardening equipment and grain grinding mills, which would increase their economic power and provide much needed resources within their communities.


    Women have formed savings clubs to increase income through investing in small projects. Investment is low because poverty restricts saving.
    Projects involving larger equipment purchases, like mills, would provide sufficient income to increase living standards. MDG would provide loans and grants to the women to help fund these projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give loans to saving groups in Mali for them to make larger scale, community enhancing purchases


    » Work with NGO partners and villages to identify suitable savings groups and then monitor progress and results

    What success will look like

    Success will be groups buying successful assets; enhancement of the savings groups; improving the ability of women to plan and carry through ideas

  • Impact


    The empowerment of rural women is crucial to sustainable development in rural Mali and development of economic activity is crucial to this. Increases in economic activity and the development of more such groups will be the measure of success.


    The main risk is in selecting a group that is cannot effectively use the funds. A careful selection process, through our NGO partners, Jeunesse et Developpmente, evaluates all applications and a detailed training programme is in place to ensure the groups know what needs to be done. The groups are then monitored and mentored through the life of the project


    MDG will receive monthly reports on progress and these will be used as a basis for reporting to donors

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 People For Training and reporting
      £1,800 Office Admin and travel From Bamako base to Sissako in South
      £12,000 Funds for distribution Enough for 6 Loans
  • Background


    The villages are based in the Sissako province in southern Mali. It is 200 miles from the capital Bamako. These villages can only be reached after long journeys down dirt tracks. These villages are often cut off in the rainy season because of flooded roads


    This project is aimed at enhancing the lives of women. The average GDP of Mali is $2 per day and women are particularly disadvantaged. These projects will enhance the lives of the women and the economic life of the community.

    Mali is a peaceful and democratic country, but has few natural resources and opportunities to develop wealth for the population.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Mali Development Group has worked with its Malian partner, Jeunesse et Developpment, a highly respected Malian NGO for 10 years. They have developed a close understanding of each others methods and these methods have been effective in delivering over £300,000 of projects.

    The Second Step Project is a development of work already done and both groups have experience of delivering this type of project

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mamadou Kone

    Has 20 years of experience for managing Mali operations and working with major aid agencies eg Oxfam. Key link person with MDG