A loan of $1,000 helped a member plowing, seeds, manure, herbicide, weeding, and equipment.


Bendiya 1 Group's story

The ten members of the group Bendiya 1 are married women who average 36 years of age and three children each.  They live for the most part in polygamous families in Kegne, a village in Dioïla prefecture, Koulikoro region (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  The group members are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their businesses at the start of winter.  The crops include peanuts, pearl millet, and corn.   The group members are on their fifth farm loan, and all the previous loans have been repaid.

With this new loan, Ms. ROKIA LAMINE D. intends to buy supplies (ahead of price increases) and sundry equipment and to cover the cost of labor for maintaining about a hectare of peanuts.  After harvesting, the produce is sold in Fana City to a customer base composed of retailers. 

The group members plan on making an average profit of about 45,000 francs CFA at the end of the planting season.

In this group: Fatouma D. , Alimata , Sitan , Kadia , Chitan , Salimata , Bachitan , Rokia Lamine , Matou , Bintou Madou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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