A loan of $825 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding and small equipment.

Benkadi I Group's story

The ten members of Group Benkadi I are married women who are on average 47 years old with four children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Momina, one of the villages in Massigui Township in Dioïla prefecture, Koulikoro region (Mali's second administrative region).
They are partnering with micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso in order to be able to better organize their activities at the beginning of the rainy season. The crops they cultivate include rice and groundnuts. They are on their first collaboration with the organization.
The woman sitting in the middle, Yaoussa, intends on using this new loan to buy agricultural inputs and small equipment, and to pay for plowing and weeding costs to maintain about 1.2 acres of rice and groundnuts.
After the harvest, the production is sold in the town of Massigui to a clientele comprising men and women. This group expects to make an average profit of about 20,000 CFA per agricultural cycle.

In this group: Gnafing, Karidia, Fatou Bourama, Djoba Fousseyni, Tenimba, Yaoussa, Fatou Fousseyni, Awa, Djatou, Sali

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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