A loan of $1,075 helped a member buy rice seed, fertilizer and small farming tools.


Benkadi 2 Group's story

The Benkadi 2 Group is an association of married women from the village of Djigonso, San prefecture, in Ségou Region (the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live in extended traditional families. Their average age is 43; each has at least eight children. They are rice growers. Hoping to improve the efficiency of their farming operations, Benkadi 2 decided to take part in Soro Yiriwaso's loan program. They have repaid their membership loans, decided to apply for a business loan. In the winter season their main activity is growing rice.

Rachelle Dembélé plans on using her loan to buy rice seed, small tools and fertilizer. She will get them at the big market in Yangasso town. Once winter is over, she will keep what she has harvested long enough for the price to rise before selling it at the big market in Kimparana and in other local markets, mostly by selling it directly to customers but also wholesaling it. Her customers mostly come from large towns.

After she has sold her produce, Rachelle (like other group members) hopes to realize a profit of 35,000 FCFA, to be used to service her loan and to pay for ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Satou , Setou , Setou Vieux , Rachelle , Routh , Abi , Mamou M , Elizabeth , Diah , Foune

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Michael Briggs



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