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Benkadi Group
In this Group: Mamou , Maïmouna , Maïmouna , Aminata
The 4 women of the Benkadi group are all married and live in polygamous families. They have an average age of 44 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the village of Noumou Were in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly and family relationships. They buy mortars and gourds, engrave them with nice slogans and designs, and resell them. The members of the group decided to work together with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 14th group loan cycle.

Maïmouna (the woman standing in the middle of the picture) is known in the village of Noumou Were for her mortars and gourds engraved with attractive designs. She plans to use her loan to buy 100 gourds at the markets in the surrounding villages of the Ségou region and at the Médine market. The sales are made for cash or credit at home, on the streets and by request, to a clientèle mainly composed of women. In order to do the engraving, needles are put in the fire for at least one hour and, when they are red hot, they are taken out and used to scratch nice slogans and designs on the outside of the gourds, according to the customers' tastes. Maïmouna expects to make an average monthly profit of 25 000 francs with the help of this loan, which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of the children. As with the other members of her group, her aim is to increase the volume of her small business thanks to this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.
Les quatre femmes du groupe Benkadi sont toutes mariées dans des familles polygames. Elles ont en moyenne 44 ans et 4 enfants. Elles habitent toutes dans le village de Noumou Were dans la région de Ségou (4ème Région administrative du Mali) et se sont connues à travers des liens de voisinage et de parenté. Elles font l’achat des mortiers et calebasses et les gravent avec de beaux slogans et figures pour les revendre.
Dans le but d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce les membres du groupe ont décidé de collaborer avec Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 14ème cycle de prêt solidaire.
Madame Maïmouna (femme debout au milieu sur la photo) est connue dans le village de Noumou Were pour la vente de calebasses et mortiers gravés de jolis dessins. Elle compte utiliser son prêt pour acheter 100 calebasses avec les foraines des villages environnants de Ségou au marché Médine. La revente se fait au comptant et à crédit à domicile, en ambulant et sur commande à une clientèle composée majoritairement de femmes. Pour faire de la gravure, on met des aiguilles dans le feu pendant une heure au moins, quand elles rougissent, on l’enlève puis on mentionne de beaux slogans et dessins sur la partie externe des calebasses en fonction du goût de la clientèle. Madame Maïmouna compte réaliser un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 25.000 FCFA avec ce prêt, qui sera utilisé, pour être réinvesti dans l’activité et assurer l’entretien des enfants. Tout comme les autres membres de son groupe elle a pour objectif d’augmenter le volume de son petit commerce dans ce partenariat avec Soro Yiriwaso.

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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
  • 35
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,450,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 483.0
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD