A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy charcoal.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group (one widow and three married women) live in monogamous families and are, on average, 34 years old with three children. They all live in the Darsalem district in the town of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other as neighbors, friends and through marriage ties.

The members of the Benkadi group deal in bed sheets, curtains, shoes and charcoal. The women of the Benkadi group are on their seventh loan, after having properly repaid the previous six.

Mrs. Tenemba Djiré, unlike the other members in her group, makes her money selling charcoal, and has been doing so for five years.

She will use her loan to buy 20 cartloads of charcoal supplied to her by organized distributors of charcoal in Sakoïba and by wholesale transporters coming from Fana and Zambougou. She supplies certain local officials and restaurant owners, selling door to door in bulk and at retail, on credit and in cash, to a clientele of men and women.

Madame Tenemba plans to clear a monthly profit of 68,000FCFA which will be used to repay her loan, to complete her marriage trousseau, and to contribute to meeting certain family expenses.

In this group: Madinè , Djenebou , Tenemba , Nènè
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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