A loan of $700 helped a member buy fertilizer and small tools and hire help.

Benkadi 5 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 5 group are married women with an average age of 42 and an average of two children. They mostly live in polygamous families in Zambougou, a village in the prefecture of Dioila, Koulikoro region (Mali's Second Administrative District).

They work with Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their activity as the rainy season begins. They grow peanuts, millet, corn and beans. This will be their first seasonal loan.

With this new loan, Fatoumata C. will buy fertilizer before its price goes up. She will also buy small tools and will pay for hired labor to plow about one hectare of peanuts and beans.

The harvest will be sold in Fana and Dioila to both men and women. The group members hope for an average profit of CFA 25,000 at the end of the season.

In this group: Mariam, Mariam, Diah, Djelika, Bassanaba, Fatoumata, Bassokona, Fatoumata, Bachata, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Michael Briggs

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