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Benkadi 1 Group
In this Group: Maïmouna , Sayo , Djènèba , Maratou , Assitan , Alimata , Awa Babou , Kadia , Mariam Bourama , Awa
The ten women of the "Benkadi 1" group are married, belong mainly to traditional households, are on average 40 years old with 5 children, and all live in the town of Zankourabougou, in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali). They know each other through familial, neighbourhood, and business connections.
With the goal of using male manual labour to maintain their farms, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second farm loan cycle. The group members are going to grow peanuts, millet, okra, and cowpeas.
Ms. Maïmouna (sitting all the way on the right in the photo), intends to use her loan to pay for fertilizer, herbicides, and manual labour to maintain and weed her fields. She hires workers from the local youth association and buys her agricultural inputs at the grand market in Ségou.
With 3 hectares' worth of farmland, she hopes to produce 15 sacks of peanuts, 3 sacks of millet, 2 sacks of cowpea and leaf stalks. In addition to the cowpea leaf stalks, a portion of the produce will be sold to manage her household's small daily expenses, while the rest will be consumed by the family.
Similar to the other women of the Benkadi 1 group in Zankourabougou, Ms. Maïmouna's goal is to ensure her town's self-sufficiency in foodstuffs.
Mariées majoritairement dans des grandes familles traditionnelles avec en moyenne 40 ans et 5 enfants, les dix membres du groupe Benkadi 1 vivent toutes dans le village de Zankourabougou, dans la région de Ségou (4ème région administrative du Mali) et se sont connues à travers des liens de parenté, de mariage et de voisinage. Dans le but d’utiliser la main d’œuvre masculine pour réaliser le labour et les travaux d’entretien, elles ont fait recours à Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 2ème cycle de prêt de campagne. Les membres du groupe vont cultiver l’arachide, le mil, le gombo et le niébé.
Madame Maïmouna (femme assise à l’extrême droite sur la photo) compte utiliser son prêt pour, acheter des engrais et herbicides, faire le labour et le désherbage de ses champs. Elle se ravitaille en en main d’œuvre avec l’association des jeunes et en intrants agricoles au grand marché de Ségou. Avec une superficie de 3 hectares, elle espère produire, 15 sacs d’arachide, 3 sacs de mil, 2 sacs de niébé et des fanes. En plus des fanes de niébé, une partie de la production sera vendue pour gérer les petites dépenses du foyer au quotidien tandis que le reste serait auto consommée en famille. Tout comme les autres femmes du groupe Benkadi 1 de Zankourabougou Madame Maïmouna a pour objectif d’assurer l’auto suffisance alimentaire dans leur village.

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
  • 14
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,520,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 533.4
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Benkadi 1 Group's $1,425 loan helped a member to pay for fertilizers (complex cereals and urea), herbicides, and male manual labour.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 13, 2012
Sep 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013