A loan of $850 helped a member purchase of seeds,fertiliser and other farming products and small agricultural equipment.


Benkadi 4 Group's story

The Benkadi 4 group is made up of married women from the village of Dangasso in the San district which is in the Segou area (the fourth administrative province of Mali).They live in traditional families. They are on average 36 years old and have at least 5 children each.They cultivate fonio, sorrel, and gombo.
Hoping to optimise the production of their farms,the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso group 2 years ago. Having repaid the previous loans correctly, they are requesting their second rural loan.
Satou C. intends to use her credit to buy an adequate amount of fonio seeds, small farm machinery and fertiliser and other products at the market at San. After the winter period the crop is stored for a period of time in order to appreciate in value before being sold retail (often wholesale) at the grand market at San, at Dah and at other local markets for cash to customers usually from the large towns.
Whereas Satou C. hopes to make 40.000FCFA, some members of the group expect to make a profit of 22000 to 30.000 FCFA each after the sale of their farm products which will be used to repay the interest of the loan and daily family expenses.

In this group: Minata , Sitan Baba , Assan , Mamine , Routi , Sanata , Ami Chaka , Mamou Dra , Djeneba , Satou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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