Meet Ms. Ndiaye Rokhaya
Alliance de Crédit et d’Epargne pour la Production (ACEP) was established in Senegal in 1986 as a USAID project to support entrepreneurs and NGOs. Today, ACEP is a savings and credit cooperative regulated by the West African Central Bank. ACEP Senegal finances mainly women while most members are largely involved in trade and, to a lesser extent, agriculture.
Ms. Ndiaye Rokhaya
Ms. Ndiaye Rokhaya is a Senegalese entrepreneur active in the printing industry. She used to work as a business developer for a small screen-printing company in Dakar. In 2009, she decided to launch her own screen-printing business with a first loan of USD 500 from ACEP Senegal. Ms. Rokhaya initially provided printed t-shirts to clients out of her home, and with continued support from ACEP Senegal was able to buy a professional screen printer, supply larger orders, and increase her client base. Today, Ms. Rokhaya’s business employs over 20 people and offers a range of services, including industrial clothing, direct printing, digital printing and screen printing on advertising materials.