Total loan: $1,700

Benkadi Group

Kimparana, Ségou Region, Mali / Food

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A loan helped to buy food ingredients for her restaurant business.

Benkadi Group's story

The women of the Benkadi Group are, on average, 46 years old and have three children. They all live in traditional, extended families in Kimparana/Segou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through family, their neighbourhood and their business connections. They buy and sell cereals and food ingredients. This will be the sixteenth group loan for this group with the field partner. Their previous loans were all fully and correctly repaid. Awa (sitting on the right in the photo) runs a restaurant business and intends to use her loan to buy 20 litres of oil, 2 baskets of tomatoes, 10 kilos of salt, 10 kilos of onions, 3 packets of Maggi stock cubes, 25 kilos of rice, 15 kilos of fonio, 10 kilos of millet, 20 kilos of beans, 15 bundles of firewood and 10 kilos of shea butter. She buys her supplies from local wholesalers and then sells them to both men and women for cash or on credit. Awa expects to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA which she will use to pay for healthcare, food, clothing and school fees. The remainder of her profit will be reinvested in her business.