A loan of $1,100 helped a member buy food products.

Benkadi Group's story

All seven women from the Benkadi group are married. On average they are 40 years of age with four children, and live in traditional households in the Noukoula neighborhood of Konobougou, in the Baouréli prefecture of the 4th administrative region of Mali. These women got to know each other through family ties and are retailers of various goods, for the most part culinary condiments and cereals.

Having fully repaid their four previous loans, the women from the Benkadi group are now requesting a fifth group loan. They will use it to buy eight tons of cereal (beans, millet, corn, fonio, rice) and a few packages of culinary condiments.

They get their supplies mainly from local producers and wholesalers, and sell their products at the Konobougou market, for cash or on credit, to a customer base of both women and men.

They hope to achieve average monthly earnings of 30,000 FCFA each, which will be used to increase their working capital and contribute to family expenses regarding food, children’s education and healthcare.

In this group: Fatoumata Madou , Sogona , Aminata , Atoumata , Demou , Ya , Tata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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