A loan of $925 helped a member purchase of manioc.

Benkelema Group's story

Benkelema is composed of six women, all of whom are married with four children, are an average age of 40, and generally live in polygamous families in Loulouni, a sub-prefecture of the Sikasso region - the third largest administrative region in Mali. They are on their seventh collaboration with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance organisation, with the aim of boosting their business revenues and increasing their customer base. The group members, such as the highly sought-after Awa Traoré, sell cereals and fabric, firewood and atieké (a manioc-based food). Awa Traoré aims to use her loan to buy 30 cartloads of manioc, which will be processed to atieké; she sources her goods from the Loulouni market and from the neighbouring villages.
The atieké is sold retail and wholesale for cash at the Loulouni market, to a male and female customer base. Awa envisages generating an average monthly profit of 18, 000 FCFA - a portion of this will be saved to pay for her children's education and the family's food, and the rest will be re-invested in business activities.

In this group: Kadia, Awa, Adiara, Awa, Barke, Fatoumata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne

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