A loan of $1,625 helped a member pay for seed, fertilizer, herbicide, tilling, weeding and hand tools.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 1 group are married women with an average age of 39 and an average of four children, living in polygamous families in Serekeni, a village in the commune of Loulouni in the subprefecture of Loulouni (Third Administrative Region of Mali). They work with Soro Yiriwaso, a microfinance institution, to better organize their farming activity during the rains. This is their fourth loan; the three previous loans have been repaid fully.

Sitan T. grows blackeyed peas and rice. With her loan she will buy fertilizer and small tools, and hire help to crop one hectare. Her produce will be sold in the village, and in the market in Loulouni to resellers. At the end of the season, she hopes for a profit of 65,000 FCFA, with which she will repay her loan and help her husband pay the day-to-day expenses of their family.

In this group: Sitan , Matary , Rokia , Nassaran , Diata , Setou, Barakissa , Dialia , Maimouna , Sali Salif

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Michael Briggs

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