A loan of $1,025 helped a member to cover the cost of plowing, weeding, buying seeds, fertilizer and weed-killer.


Benkelema 3 Group's story

The nine women of the Benkelema 3 group are all married and live in Flacoda, a hamlet in Fakola in the prefecture of Kolondièba in the third administrative region (Sikasso) of the Republic of Mali. Their average age is 36, they have an average of 4 children each and they live in polygamous families. They got to know each other through family and neighborhood connections. When Soro Yiriwaso started offering farming loans (agricultural loans) that apply to their business activity of farming, these women seized the opportunity. They are on their second farming loan, the first one having been fully repaid. They intend to use this current loan to cover the cost of plowing, weeding, and purchasing seeds, fertilizer and weed-killer. They want to cultivate 23 hectares as areas for growing groundnut, rice and millet. These women hope to produce an average of three metric tons per hectare, making 69 metric tons in total. Part of harvest will be consumed and the rest will be stored and then sold for cash. The generated profit will be used to reimburse the loan, to take care of certain family expenses and to buy trousseaus for their daughters.

In this group: Chiata Moussa , Awa , Korotoumou , Chiata Sekou , Chiata Siaka , Diatou , Sali Bakary , Chiata , Minata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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