Textile workers bow at the evening prayer on a balcony of the ‘Touba Commercial center’ located in Sandaga, Dakar’s commercial district. There are many shops and sewing studios where the traditional Senegalese garments are produced. Many of the textile workers here belong to a Dahira, as the religious communities who follow a Marabout are called. The workers pay a seventh of their wages to their Dahira. Half of the amount which they pay to the Dahira is passed on to the Marabouts, the other half flows into a fund that provides social security for the depositors. If someone wants to get married or has a serious problem, he can ask for money from the Dahira’s fund.
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