A loan of $1,225 helped a member purchase of clothes.

Benkadi (L’Entente) Group's story

Benkadi is a grouping of women from the Mousabougou district of the town of Koutiala; they live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other relatives, they average 44 years of age and are married with at least six children each.

This group of women sell "pagnes" (a West African term for highly colourful pieces of fabric) as well as all sorts of clothing and second hand clothes. In order to expand their businesses, the members of the group decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program three years ago. They are on their sixth group loan and all the previous loans were repaid in full.

Adama Nantoumé, who is a member of the Benkadi group, sells all sorts of clothing: Dogon "pagnes", damask fabric, second-hand clothing ..., and she also does wool knitting (an activity for which she is equally in demand). She is planning to use her loan to buy Dogon "pagnes" in Bandiagara, as well as damask fabric and some second-hand clothes in Bamako. She sells her goods on a retail basis for cash at the large market in Koutiala and at home to a diverse customer base.

While the members of the group are expecting to make a monthly profit of 160,000FCFA each during this cycle, Mrs. Nantoumé is planning to make 190,000FCFA. As well as repaying their loans, the women use part of their income to cover their families' day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Fanta, Rokia, Kadiatou, Adama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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