A loan of $1,175 helped a member to purchase traditional cloths (finished Dali or Koba).


Benkadi Group's story

The seven women of the Benkadi group are 32 years old, married with an average of 5 children each, and mostly live in monogamous families. They all live in the Hamdallaye quarter of Ségou, the fourth largest administrative region of the Republic of Mali), and met through their business dealings. The group's members buy and sell condiments (Jumbo stock cubes), pasta, bananas, traditional cloths (finished Dali or Koba), headscarves, handbags, incense and firewood. In order to boost their working capital, the members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second microcredit loan cycle. Mrs Malado C. aims to use her loan to buy 7 traditional wax clothes from the fabric suppliers in Ségou's market. She buys wholesale and sells via retail for cash or credit. She goes from door to door and sells from the Château market to a customer base made up of men and women. Mrs C. hopes to generate an average monthly profit of 30,000 FCFA which she will reinvest in the business and use to meet her family's everyday needs. Like the other group members, she wishes to boost her business revenues through this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mariam , Fatoumata , Yaya , Sitan , Mariam , Malado , Maman Doufié

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne



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