A loan of $725 helped a member paying for labor, seed, fertilizer, herbicides, weeding, and minor agricultural equipment.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The members of this BENKADI 1 group are married women whose average age is 41 and who have five children on average. They mostly live in polygamous families in COMOROW, one of the villages of the township of LOULOUNI in the Sous-prefecture of LOULOUNI, third administrative region of Mali.

They joined Soro Yiriwaso so that they can undertake their agricultural activities during the rainy season and they are on their fourth loan with the institution, after having correctly reimbursed the three preceding loans.

MAH T. essentially cultivates rice and intends to use her share of the loan to buy agricultural inputs and small equipment and to hire laborers to help her farm 2 hectares. Her produce is sold in the village and the market of Loulouni after the harvest to a clientele composed of middlemen and also consumers.

She expects to make a profit of 105,000 F CFA at the end of the season, which will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with everyday expenses. She hopes to continue to work together with Soro Yiriwaso so that she will be able to farm an even bigger acreage and make more profit.

In this group: Mah, Momo, Sogo, Woto, Fatoumata, Afou, Mariam T, Sali M, Zana, Sama S

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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