A loan of $450 helped a member to purchase tubers to sell.

Ben Group's story

The group Ben is composed exclusively of married women, who average 38 years of age and three children each, all living in traditional extended families in the village of Tomba, in Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They women know one another through ties of kinship, community, and friendship. They do commerce in clothing, condiments, tubers, and grains. The women of the group Ben are on their third solidarity loan.

This client, MARIAM, who is seated in the middle in the photo, intends to purchase a cart load of yams from Dioïla wholesalers and then resell the yams locally in the village and at nearby fairs.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 10,000 francs CFA that will be used to meet family needs. Part of the profits will be reinvested in this business.

In this group: Sitan Siaka, Mariam Amadi, Ayira Adama, Mariam, Soukoura, Sali, Fatoumata Alou, Magne, Nene

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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