A loan of $1,100 helped a member labor, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding, and sundry supplies.

Benkadi 1 De (Benkadi A Tingolé) Group's story

The ten members of Group1 of BENKADI A are married women who average 47 years of age and four children. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in TINGOLE, a community seat of FANA sub-prefecture (2nd administrative region of Mali).

The group members are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of obtaining financial support to carry out their winter-time work. Their businesses revolve around growing sorghum and peanuts. The group members are on their fifth loan with the institution, and the past loans were repaid on time. With this new loan, they intend to buy fertilizer, herbicide, and minor supplies and equipment. And they intend to cover the cost of weeding and labor for maintaining 27.5 hectares.

A part of their production is consumed at home, the other part is sold to customers composed of men and women at the marketplaces of the village of Marka-Coungo and Fana following the harvests.

The group members plan on realizing an average profit of 30,000 francs CFA after the planting season.

In this group: Nene, Fatoumata, Bintou, Assetou, Mossokoura, Mah, Tenin, Kadia, Maimouna, Sounkoura

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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