CMSI-Caisse Malienne de Secteur Informel

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CMSI-Caisse Malienne de Secteur Informel

Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Moussa Kane is providing entrepreneurs in West Africa's giant informal economy with incentives and training to move into the formal sector. By raising awareness of the disadvantages of the informal economy and securing credit and management training for informal-sector entrepreneurs, Moussa is creating a model for broad social change.

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Moussa Kane has begun to organize Mali's informal economy into a formal association that compiles data on the informal sector and provides basic services to impoverished entrepreneurs. The association provides startup equipment and in-kind loans to entrepreneurs and offers business and financial training to help small ventures succeed. His organization is the first company of its kind in Mali to be owned by its due-paying members, and it is financed and run entirely by members of the informal sector. Its services will be accessible to the approximately 40 percent of Mali's population involved in the informal sector. Other attempts to organize the informal sector have been top-down projects initiated by the government, multilateral donors, and economists. All have been structured so that the government reaps the obvious benefits. There has never been a system of incentives for members of the informal sector, nor has there been any thought of including them in plans for their organization. Moussa's experiences as a member of the informal sector will help him successfully organize his peers and eventually spread his network of support across West Africa.