A loan of $950 helped a member labor, seeds, manure, herbicide, weeding, equipment.

Bendiya 4 Group's story

The ten members of the group "Bendiya 4" are married women averaging 39 years of age and four children.  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.  They are now on their fifth farm loan, and all the previous loans have been repaid.  The crops they grow include peanuts, pearl millet, sesame, and corn.

With this new loan, Ms. Mamine S. 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 and pearl millet.  After harvesting, the produce is sold in Dioïla City and Fana City to a customer base composed of women and men. 

Mamine plans on making a profit of about 35,000 francs CFA at the end of the planting season.

In this group: Rokia, Korotoumou, Mayamou, Alima, Mamine, Mamou, Chitan S., Fatoumata Issa, Mayatou, Mayama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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