|WAKILARE DEBO -
"Wakilare Debo: Hardworking Woman" is a film profiling four clients of a Microfinance program who live in Southern Senegal. Through their stories, the film portrays both the positive and negative impact of credit on women entrepreneurs. Nena, a small boutique owner, has used progressively larger loans to build a thriving shop from a roadside stand. In contrast, Fanta and Gnima struggle to make ends meet with their door-to-door porridge selling business; when their loans comes due, they have to liquidate their savings to complete the payment. Finally, Fatoumata's able to turn a profit with her loans, but has to work hard to keep ahead of her payments and growing family. For each of these women, credit has provided opportunities, but their ability to take advantage of them are constantly challenged by the day-to-day hurdles of their life in Southern Senegal.
We plan to revisit these women within the next decade to follow their paths through a village banking program hopefully BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT.
SCREENING IN NYC, NOV. 11, 2002
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