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Benkola 1 Group
In this Group: Fatoumata Alou , Yatou , Kadiatou , Zele Sidi , Oumou Diakaridia , Matou Zan , Zele , Sitan , Maïmouna , Naman
The ten members of Benkola 1 Group are married women who, on average, are 37 years old and have three children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Baou, one of the villages in the rural municipality of Banco, prefecture of Dioïla, region of Koulikoro (second administrative region of Mali). They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to deal more efficiently with their activities when the winter season begins. They grow, among other products, rice and groundnuts. This is their first loan with the institution.

Kadiatou, the first woman standing at the right-hand side of the photo, intends to use her loan to buy agricultural supplies and tools and pay for plowing and weeding. She has around 0.25 hectares of farmland to grow rice and groundnuts. The harvested products will be sold at the markets in Baou, Koula, Banco and N'Golobougou to a clientele made up of men and women. The group members expect to make an average profit of around 25,000 CFA francs by the end of the season.
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Les dix membres du groupe BENKOLA 1 sont des femmes mariées avec une moyenne d’âge de 37 ans et ont en moyenne 3 enfants. Elles vivent la plupart dans des familles polygames à Baou, un des villages de la commune rurale de Banco, préfecture de Dioïla, région de Koulikoro, 2ème région administrative du Mali.
Elles collaborent avec l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso dans le but de pouvoir mieux organiser leurs activités en début d’hivernage. Les spéculations cultivées sont entre autres le riz et l’arachide. Elles sont à leur première collaboration avec l’institution.
Avec ce prêt, KADIATOU, la première personne à partir de la droite dans le rang des débout, compte acheter les intrants, les petits équipements et payer les frais de labour et de sarclage pour entretenir environs 0,25 hectare de riz et d’arachide.
Les productions sont vendues au niveau du marché de Baou, de Koula, de Banco et de N’Golobougou, après les récoltes à une clientèle composée d’hommes et de femmes. Elles comptent réaliser un bénéfice moyen de 25 000FCFA environs en fin de campagne.

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
  • 5
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,609,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 459.8
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Benkola 1 Group's $525 loan helped a member to pay for plowing and weeding, and to buy seeds, fertilizer, herbicide and tools.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 5, 2011
Sep 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 11, 2012