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Benkan Group
In this Group: Djélika , Awa , Satou , Chata , Maïmouna , Minata , Salimatou , Maïmouna , Seli , Awa
The Benkan group is made up of ten women, of which two are widowed and the others married, for the most part belonging to traditional extended families, and are on average 36 years old with four children. They live in Téssérèla, the head village of a rural community in the Barouéli prefecture (4th administrative region of Mali).

The group’s main activity is retail commerce of various items such as grain cereals, food condiments, soap, etc. Wanting to increase their working capital, they decided to work with the Soro Yiriwaso MFI. They are requesting a first group loan, which will be used to buy: two bags of rice, 10 bags of millet, five bags of sorgho, three bags of beans, 10 bags of unshelled peanuts, condiments (two bags of dried gombo, three baskets of fresh tomatoes, two bags of fresh onions), two bags of local laundry and dishwashing detergent, including one bag of « Gabacourouni » soap.

They get their supplies from Segou, locally in Téssérèla and neighboring villages, and from the weekly N’Gassola market fair. They retail their products from their homes, at the weekly market fairs in N’Gassola and Téssérèla, for cash or credit, to a customer base of both men and women.

They hope to attain average monthly earnings of 22,050 FCFA each, part of which will be used to reimburse the Soro Yiriwaso loan, and contribute towards the children’s healthcare and tuition costs.
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Le groupe Benkan comprend dix femmes, deux veuves et huit mariées majoritairement dans des grandes familles traditionnelles avec en moyenne 36ans et 4 enfants. Elles habitent le village de Téssérèla chef lieu d’une commune rurale de la préfecture de Barouéli (4ème Région administrative du Mali).
Ce groupe de femmes fait essentiellement le commerce d’articles divers tels les céréales, les condiments alimentaires, les savons etc.
Dans le souci d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce elles décident de collaborer avec l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso.
Elles sont à leur 1er prêt solidaire qui sera utilisé pour acheter, 2 sacs de riz, 10 sacs de mil, 5 sacs de sorgho, 3 sacs de haricot, 10 sacs d’arachide en gousse, des condiments : 2 sacs de gombo sec, 3 paniers de tomates fraîches, 2 sacs d’oignon frais, 2 sacs de savon local pour la lessive et la vaisselle dont 1sac de « Gabacourouni ».
Elles s’approvisionnent à Ségou, sur place à Téssérèla, dans les villages environnants et à la foire hebdomadaire de N’Gassola. Les ventes se font à domicile, aux foires hebdomadaires de N’Gassola et Téssérèla, au comptant et à crédit à une clientèle composée d’hommes et de femmes.
Elles comptent réaliser un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 22 050FCFA qui sera utilisé pour rembourser les prêts de Soro Yiriwaso, contribuer dans la prise en charge de la santé des enfants et de leurs frais scolaires.

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Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

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  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 34
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  • $12,522,975
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