A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy fertilizers (complex fertilizers), small tools (axes), and to hire manual labor.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

Predominantly married into polygamous families, the ten members of the group Benkadi 1 of Bènèbougou are 41 years old and have 3 children, on average. They all live in the village of Bènèbougou in the rural commune of Pelengana in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali). They know one another through their marital, parentage and neighborhood ties. With the goal of increasing their cultivable land, they appealed to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their 2nd farm loan. Crops like millet, fonio (a species of millet from Mali), and black-eyed peas will be cultivated by the members of the group. Mrs. Sitan Dembélé expects to use her loan to buy 3 bags of complex fertilizer and 4 axes, and to recruit the manual labor needed for the labor and hoeing activities in the fields. She gets fresh agricultural supplies at the big market in Ségou, and the manual labor from the association of young people and women in the village. She expects to produce 10 bags of millet, 6 bags of fonio, 2 bags of black-eyed peas and to make boots with the tops of the black-eyed pea plants from her 3 hectare cultivable area. She will use a part of what is produced herself, while the rest will be sold with the boots to care for the health needs and schooling costs of her children. Mrs. Sitan Dembélé, like the other women of the group, also wants to assure the village's self-sufficiency in providing food.

In this group: Sitan, Fanta, Raba, Sitan, Assan, Ata, Djènèba, Tata, Rokia, Bintou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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