A loan of $1,475 helped a member purchase of fertiliser, peanut seeds and labour costs.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

Benkadi 2 is made up of ten married women who live in large extended families.
They are 47 years old and have 4 children each and live in the N'Gama village in Segou, the fourth largest administrative region of Mali. They met through family and friends, and grow peanuts, millet and rice for a living. In order to have all the necessary materials ready at the beginning of the rainy season, the group's members are seeking a second loan from Soro Yiriwaso. Madame Djènè B. who grows not only rice but also peanuts, aims to use the loan to purchase three bags of complex cereal, 30kg of peanut seeds and to employ staff to work, pick and hoe the fields. She sources her raw materials from the Konodimini market.
The work and hoeing will be done by men, whereas the picking and weeding of the rice will be done by the village women.
With a total area of 2 hectars, she aims to generate 10 bags of peanuts and 20 bags of rice. Some of the rice harvest will be consumed by those that were involved in its production, and the rest will be sold along with the peanuts. The profits generated will be used to see to family needs.

In this group: Bagnama, Djènè, Nakoya, Kadia, Bawari, Sétou, Nabènè, Minata, Agnon, Moussokoura

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne

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