A loan of $1,100 helped a member labor, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, and minor supplies and equipment.

Benkadi De Fofanabougou Group's story

The four members of the group BENKADI are married men who average 36 years of age and 3 children. The men live in polygamous families in FOFANABOUGOU, a village in the rural community of FANA, sub-prefecture of FANA (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

The group members just started collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of being able to carry out their winter-time work. They grow corn exclusively which remains the dominant crop of the area.

As for the use of this loan, they intend to buy seeds, fertilizer and the like, and minor farm supplies and equipment. They also intend to cover the cost of labor for maintaining 5 hectares. Supplies are gotten essentially from the weekly market of the city of FANA.

After the harvests, the produce is sold in Fana, Tingolé, to customers composed of men and women. The group members plan on realizing an average profit of 100,000 francs CFA after the planting campaign.

In this group: Massa, Broulaye , Siaka , Issa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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