A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy raw materials to make local soap (potash and shea butter).

Benkadi Group's story

The four women of the Benkadi group are married, live primarily in monogamous households, and are 47 years old on average with 5 children. They live in North Pelengana, the administrative centre of a rural district in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali), and know each other through neighbourhood relations and their income-generating businesses in the area.
The group members run small businesses selling locally-made soap, charcoal, and pagnes (a type of brightly-printed cloth) of the wax, fancy, and bazin (damask) styles.
With the goal of increasing their working capital, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso (one of Kiva's field partners) and are on their fourth solidarity (group) loan cycle.
Ms. Kadiata Kaklé, one of the group members, manufactures and sells locally-made soap known by the name "Touloudiè Safinè" in North Pelangana. It is a highly reputed, appreciated, and sought-after soap in Mali because of its medicinal properties.
Kadiata intends to use her loan to buy packets of shea butter and a large amount of potash from the wholesalers in the area.
To make the soap, the ashes obtained by burning the harvest waste are soaked in water, and the collected filtrate is then heated in a stove for about two hours. After cooling, it is mixed with shea butter and potash until it becomes a soap-like paste. It is then cut into pieces and sold.
She sells her goods in cash and on credit at home, door-to-door, and at the market in North Pelengana to a clientele composed mainly of women.
With this loan, Ms. Kadiata Kaklé hopes to realize an average monthly profit of 31,250 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her business and pay for her children's school fees.

In this group: Fatoumata , Maïmouna , Hawoye , Kadiata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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