A loan of $1,825 helped a member buying fresh fish.

Bendiya Group's story

The nine women of the group Bendiya are married for the most part in polygamous families and average 39 years of age and three children each. They all live in the village of Dougounikoro, in Barouéli Prefecture (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  The women know one another through ties of marriage, kinship, and profession. 

This group of women does commerce in grains, peanut butter, fresh fish, dried and smoked fish, condiments (sounbala, garlic, and datou), wax pagnes  (colorful West African cloth), incense, soaps, and millet cakes.  Magnini C. is one of the members who sells fish in several of its forms. 

With the goal of increasing their working capital and diversifying the merchandise for sale, the group members decided to collaborate with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third solidarity loan. 

Magnini plans on using her loan for buying 150 kg of fresh fish from Banankoroni fishermen.  Some of the fish is dried over a period of a week or more in a corner of the courtyard with the use of driers especially designed for this.

Just like the other members of the group, Magnini hopes to make an average monthly profit of 36,000 francs CFA that will be reinvested in their businesses and used for buying young ruminants for livestock farming purposes.

In this group: Hawa, Magnini, Ayèrè, Fanta, Kola, Minata, Fatoumata, Fanta, Neh

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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