A loan of $1,850 helped a member to purchase fish.

Benkadi Group's story

The group is made up of eight women (7 are married and one is a widow). The live in multifamily households. The members of the group Benkadi of the Traore Ton Association have an average age of 50 and have 3 children each. They live in the the Djaka (Kirango) district of Markala, the 4th administrative region of the Republic Mali.

They all know each other through acquaintances, from their common age group, and through business links. They are experts in the business of buying and selling, and in fish processing.

The Benkadi group are requestin their 5th loan, after having successfully repaid the four previous loans.

They plan to use their new loan to purchase 72 trays and 100 blocks of ice. They purchase fresh fish along the Niger river, but a significant portion of the fish they buy is also dried on either gravel or straw mats named “seccos”. The fresh fish is sold in Kirango, in Diamarabougou Markala, in Segou (in the Chateau market), and in Bamako. The dried fish is mostly sold in Dougabougou, Siribala, Niono, Shango, Boussin, and at the weekly fair in Segou, though a portion is saved until the fall when they can earn more money. Smoked fish is mostly sold in Segou.

Sales are generally completed in cash or credit, and their clientele is made up of both men and women.

They hope to see their monthly revenues bring in 62 FCFA, which will permit them to meet their family’s needs (including the price of condiments, clothing, soaps, and petroleum) and to participate to social events (baptisms, weddings, and funerals).

Their goal is to perfect their business so that they will be able to provide a good future for their children.

In this group: Djélika , Aminata , Bintou , Maimouna , Massan , Sarata , Marama , Fatoumata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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