Total loan: $1,275

Benkadi Group

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Sikasso, Sikasso, Mali / Food

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A loan helped to buy tomatoes.

Benkadi Group's story

The four members of the Benkadi group are married women, aged 52 on average and with an average of five children. Most of them live in traditional families in Médine, a working-class neighbourhood in the city of Sikasso (in the 3rd administrative region of Mali). This is the group's fourth solidarity loan from the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to satisfy customer demand. Awa, a member of the Benkadi group and pictured on the far left, sells tomatoes. She will use her loan to buy 10 baskets of tomatoes to resell to individuals, mainly women, from home and in Médine. She sells her tomatoes for cash and on credit. Awa expects to make 42,000 CFA francs a month on average, part of which will be used to repay the loan and interest, and part of which will go into her savings.