A loan of $675 helped a member purchase of input materials, seeds and small tools.

Benkadi I Group's story

The group Benkadi I is made up of married women from the village of Ziekan in the San prefecture of the Ségou region (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live with their traditional extended families, have an average age of 34 years old, at least five children and cultivate peanuts. In the effort to make their agricltural businesses profitable, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program three years ago. After having fully paid back their previous loans, they are on their third farming loan. Assitan S. expects to use the loan to buy a sufficient amount of peanut seed, small tools and input materials, exclusively on the big market at Kimparana. After the rainy season, her harvest is stockpiled for a time so that she can know the value before selling it at big markets in Kimparana and M’peresso and in the surrounding markets at retail and wholesale to a customer base made up of resellers usually coming from large cities. After the distribution of her farm products, Sitan S. expects to make a profit of 75,000 FCFA which will used to pay back the interest on the loan and the everyday expenses of her family.

In this group: Assitan, Kafougoucho, Korotimi, Katagacho, Mariam, Bougoupere, Rokia, Soumba, Napre, Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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