A loan of $625 helped a member buy fertilizer, seed and small tools.

Benkadi 6 Group's story

Benkadi 6 consists of married women from the village of Sesso in the prefecture of San, Segou region (Mali's Fourth Administrative District). They live in traditional families. On average, each is 29 and has five children. They are peanut farmers.

Hoping to make more profit from farming, the group decided to sign up with Soro Yiriwaso this year, and are receiving their first operational loan.

Baco D. plans to use her loan to buy seed peanuts, small tools, and fertilizer at the big market in Tene. After the rains end, the harvest is stored long enough to increase in value and be sold in the big markets of Tene, Mopti and other nearby markets at retail (often, wholesale) to customers who mostly come from large towns.

Each member of the group is counting on making a profit of between 15,000 and 38,000 CFA after their produce is sold. They will use the money to pay loan interest and day-to-day family expenses.

In this group: Baco , Djeneeba Ali , Minata, Djeneba Ayi , Fankele , Koumba , Araba , Foune , Teneba , Assigui

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Michael Briggs

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