Project #268 | Women-Led Financing in Peri-Urban Bamako

Our partnership with Mali Health

Throughout Mali, women are expected to fill traditional roles, staying at home to care for their families. However, they often lack the education and resources to contribute to healthy decision-making for their households. Women are also expected to step into the role of motherhood early, often as adolescents.  These conditions contribute to a variety of persistent health challenges for women and their children, from limited access to routine primary healthcare to some of the highest fertility and adolescent fertility rates in the world – all of which put their health and their children’s health at risk.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Mali Health to support 400 women to establish small businesses that offer sustainable livelihoods to finance their families’ health needs.  The project expanded women’s knowledge and training in three areas: vocational training, financial literacy, and sales and marketing.  The women who participated included 150 adolescent girls who were trained in a trade of their choice, and 250 women of multiple pregnancies who were supported to start micro-enterprises.  All 400 women are now earning income to support their basic needs, including nutritious food, children’s school fees, and healthcare expenses!

Our Collective Impact




Meet Waraba

Waraba was forced to leave her home village and join her uncle in Bamako in the hope of being able to continue her studies. Unfortunately, that hope was never realized. At just 16 years old, Waraba had no choice but to start seeking daily work to pay for her needs.  She started earning 1,500 CFA (about $2.50) per week, but the work wasn’t empowering and the income wasn’t enough to cover her expenses.

Through Mali Health’s vocational training program for adolescent girls, Waraba had the opportunity to learn traditional henna application and tattooing (djabi). With her new skills and some materials to set up her own business, Waraba started offering beautiful henna tattoos to women in her community. Today, her weekly income has grown to 7,500 CFA ($12.50).  With a 400% increase in income, Waraba can now realize her dream of financial independence!

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.

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