A loan of $1,375 helped a member farm supplies, labor, and equipment.


Benso 2 Group's story

The ten member of the group "Benso 2" are married women averaging 35 years of age and three children. The members live for the most part in polygamous families in Maban, a village in Dioïla prefecture, Koulikoro region (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their wintertime work. The crops grown include pearl millet, peanuts, sesame, and beans. The group members are on their third farm loan. All their previous loans have been repaid. With this new loan, AWA D. intends to buy supplies and sundry equipment and to cover the cost of labor for maintaining about 1.6 hectares of peanuts. After the harvest, the produce is sold in the cities of Dioïla and Massigui to a customer base composed of men and women from major cities. The group members plan on making an average profit of about 70,000 francs CFA at the end of the planting season.

In this group: Awa , Baloko , Fatoumata Oumar , Sarata Amadou , Sarata Lassina , Arata Youssouf , Adiarra , Awa Drissa , Fanta , Bafanta
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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