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Benkadi  1 Group
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The group BENKADI 1 is composed of married women from the village of MORIBILA KAFONO, in the sub-prefecture of Kimparana, Prefecture of SAN, Region of SÉGOU (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women live in traditional families, and they average 33 years of age and seven children each. They grow peanuts and sesame.

Concerned about making their plantations profitable, the group members decided to join the loan program of the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso about four years ago. After properly repaying the previous loans, they are now on their fourth farm loan.

KADIA, who is seated in the photo and wearing a white T-shirt, intends to buy some peanut seeds, sundry supplies and equipment, and soil amendments for farming. These items will be purchased at the main market of Kimparana and at surrounding markets. Following the off-season, the harvested crops are stocked for a certain time, so that they gain in value. Then they are sold retail (often wholesale) for cash. Their customers generally come from large cities.

After selling their produce, the group members each plan on making a profit of 75,000 to 90,000 francs CFA that will be used for paying the interest on the loan and for typical family expenses.
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Le groupe BENKADI 1 est composé de femmes mariées du village de MORIBILA KAFONO de la sous préfecture de Kimparana dans la préfecture de SAN région de SÉGOU quatrième région administrative de la république du Mali. Elles vivent dans des familles traditionnelles. Elles ont en moyenne 33 ans et au moins 7 enfants et cultivent de l’arachide et du sésame.
Dans le souci de rentabiliser leurs exploitations agricoles, les membres du groupe ont décidé d’intégrer le programme crédit de Soro Yiriwaso depuis maintenant 4 ans. Après avoir correctement remboursé les prêts précédents, elles sont à leur quatrième prêt de campagne.
KADIA, assise en T-shirt blanc, compte acheter, des semences d’arachide, des petits matériels et des intrants agricoles pour la culture, au grand marché de Kimparana. Après l’hivernage, les récoltes sont stockées pendant un certain temps pour qu’elles aient de la valeur avant d’être vendues au grand marché de Kimparana et dans les marchés environnants, en détail (souvent en gros), au comptant à une clientèle venant généralement des grandes villes.
Les membres du groupe comptent réaliser chacune, après l’écoulement de leurs produits agricoles, un bénéfice de 75 000 à 90 000 FCFA qui sera utilisé pour le remboursement des intérêts du prêt et les dépenses courantes de la famille.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 13
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,524,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 451.5
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Benkadi 1 Group's $2,125 loan helped a member to buy farm supplies, seeds, and tools and to pay for plowing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
May 12, 2011
Jul 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2012