A loan of $1,050 helped a member labor, fertilizer, pesticides, hoeing and basic tools.

Benkadi 3 De (Benkadi A Tingolé) Group's story

The ten members of the group Benkadi 3 of the BENKADI A association are married women with an average age of 38 years old and 3 children. For the most part, these women live in polygamous marriages in Tingole, the capital of a rural commune under the prefecture of Fana, the second administrative region of Mali.
They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to get financial support for their winter labors. Largely, their labor surrounds the cultivation of sorgho and peanuts. This is their fifth loan from the institution and all of their previous loans were completely repaid on time.
With this new loan they will purchase fertilizer, pesticides, other basic tools, and pay the hoeing and labor fees that are required to cultivate 26 hectares.
Some of their cultivation is shared among the group members for personal consumption and the rest is sold in the Marka-Coungo and Fana markets after the harvest to male and female clients.
They believe that they will make an average profit of 30 000FCFA after the harvest and sale of their crops.

In this group: Ami, Mariam Boubacar, Teninkoura, Djeneba, Mani, Kadia Barou, Natou, Fatoumata, Bateye, Alimata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chloe Mark

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