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Benkola 1 Group
In this Group: Kadia , Djinessira , Fatoumata , N’Pene , Minata , Kemissa , Minata, Gnine , Walama , Salimata
The members of the Benkola 1 group are married women who are, on average, 41 years old with five children each. They all live in polygamous families in Djerila, one of the villages of the Bougouni commune (third administrative region of Mali).

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

Kadia, a member of the group, grows groundnuts and rice. In the photo, she is in the standing row, second from the right.

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate one hectare (2.47 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production to both men and women in her village and in Bougouni.

She is expecting to make a profit of 135,000 CFA francs per growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with the daily expenses.
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Les membres du groupe Benkola 1 sont des femmes mariées ayant une moyenne d’âge de 41 ans, 5 enfants et vivant toutes dans des familles polygames à Djerila, un des villages de Bougouni, 3ème région administrative du Mali.
Elles collaborent avec l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso afin de mener à bien leurs activités agricoles pendant l’hivernage.
Elles sont à leur cinquième prêt avec l’institution, les prêts passés ont été bien remboursés.
Les spéculations cultivées sont le riz et l’arachide avec KADIA debout 2 eme de la droite vers la gauche sur la photo.
Avec son prêt, elle compte acheter des intrants, la semence et payer les frais de labour pour exploiter 1 hectare.
La production est vendue au niveau du village, à Bougouni, après la récolte à une clientèle composée d’hommes et de femmes.
Elle compte réaliser un bénéfice de 135.000FCFA par campagne.
Ce bénéfice lui permettra de payer son prêt et aussi d’aider son mari dans les dépenses quotidiennes.

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
  • $11,619,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 510.4
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Benkola 1 Group's $1,975 loan helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing during the farming season.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 20, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014