A loan of $1,275 helped a member frais de labour, semences, engrais, herbicides, sarclage et petits matériels agricoles.

Bendiya 5 Group's story

BENDIYA 5 is a group of 10 married with an average age of 33. They each have 3 children on average and live in polygamous families in Mossibougou, one of the villages in the commune of Loulouni in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali.

They collaborate with the Microfinance insitution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their agricultural activities during winter. This is their seventh loan with the institution, with the past five being duly repaid.

The main crop they cultivate is the pois sucre nut. This is the crop cultivated by Maratou O..

With her loan, Maratou O. intends to purchase the agricultural products, tools and labour requried to cultivate 1,5 hectares.

The produce is sold after the harvest at the markets in Dallen and Louloni to a mixed clientele of men and women.

She hopes to make an average profit of 75 000 FCFA each season.

This profit will enable her to repay her loan and to help her husband with various household expenses.

She hopes to maintain this collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso in order to cultivate and even bigger plot of land and make bigger profits.

In this group: Mariam Y., Maminata, Fatoumata, Korotoumou A., Aby Brouma, Fanta Y., Ramata, Korotoumou, Machitan, Maratou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Kate Bennett

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