A loan of $950 helped a member purchase of condiments.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group, which belongs to the Badenya association, is made up of nine married woman from the town of Tominian, in Ségou, the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali. The members of the Benkadi group, who average 36 years of age and have an average of four children each, live in large extended traditional families and met each other through neighbors and relatives.

They carry out more or less the same activity, that is the sale of a variety of products such as food condiments, the niche of Angelle D.. The latter is, notably, specialised in the sale of all sorts of condiments. She found a solution to satisfy customer needs which are constantly increasing, by joining the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso. She gets her supplies wholesale in San to resell on a retail basis in Tominian. Angelle plans to use her loan to buy 50 packs of Maggi stock cubes, 12 bags of kitchen salt, 30 boxes of tomato concentrate, two packets of pepper and 20kg of garlic.

She makes 12,500 FCFA of profit a month which will be used to expand her business.

N.B. Fatoumata D. is absent from the photo above as she was giving birth.

In this group: Angelle , Batoma , Rabahan, Oseau , Bintou , Agnes , Fatoumata , Djeneba , Fatoumata *

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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