A loan of $950 helped a member pour acheter des oranges.

Badenya Group's story

The eight members of the Badenya group are all married women, on the average 41 years old, with three children. They live in polygamous families in Mamassoni, a district in the town of Sikasso, in the third administrative district of Mali.

This is their 7th experience with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso. The loan is needed to respond to their customers’ needs; all previous loans have been duly repaid. This group of women is mainly engaged in selling food products, such as cucumbers, potatoes, smoked fish and, as in Youma K.'s case, oranges. Youma K. plans to use her loan to purchase 50 bags of oranges. She buys oranges at the big market of the Medine district of Sikasso as well as from growers in the nearby villages. She sells at the big market of Sikasso and from her home to a customer base composed of men and women, for cash.

She plans to achieve a monthly income of 25,500 West African Francs, a part of which will be used to help her husband provide for the everyday family needs and the rest reinvested in her business.

In this group: Kadiatou, Youma, Ami, Adjara, Mamou, Chata, Minata, Assetou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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