A loan of $1,375 helped a member to buy fertilizers, seeds and small equipment.

Benkadi Ii Group's story

The Benkadi II group consists of 10 married women, who live in the village of Niazekan in Kimparana, former San district in Segou region (Mali's fourth administrative region). They live in traditional families. They are on average 41 years old with at least 6 children. They grow groundnuts. In order to make their farms more profitable, the Benkadi II group of Niazekan decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program four years ago. Having correctly repaid previous loans, they are ready for a fourth agricultural loan.
Seguetan's current loan will be used to buy sufficient quantities of groundnut seeds, small materials and agricultural inputs at the general market in Kimparana. After wintering, crops are stored for some time to gain value before being retailed for cash at the general market in Kimparana and at surrounding markets, retail or (often) wholesale, to customers usually coming from big cities.
After selling their agricultural products, group members plan on making an average profit of 13,000 to 160,000 FCFA each, to be used for loan interest repayment and family daily expenditures.

In this group: Maimouna S, Minata, Mariam, Biba, Alima, Raissa, Seguetan, Batoma, Chata Katale, Thereze

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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