A loan of $2,225 helped a member to purchase fertilizers, seeds and light equipment.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

Benkadi 2 is a group of women from the village of Moribila Kafono, which is made up of 10 women, who are all married, 34 years old on average with at least 7 children. They live in large traditional families. Their village is situated in the Kimparana sub-prefecture, a region of Segou. For the most part, they cultivate peanuts. With the intention of making their agricultural concerns profitable, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso credit program four years ago. After having fully repaid their previous loans, they are on their fourth country loan. Mawa, the second person standing in the center, expects to use her current loan to purchase peanut seeds, light equipment and agricultural fertilizers for cultivation at the big market in Kimparana city. After the rainy season, the harvests are stored for a certain amount of time so that they gain value before being sold at the big market in Kimparana and at surrounding markets at retail (or often wholesale) for cash to a customer base generally coming from the big cities. The members of the group expect to each make a profit of 80,000 to 95,000 FCFA after the harvest of their agricultural products, which will be used to pay the interest on their loans and their families' current expenses.

In this group: Mamine , Morema , Minata , Kadiatou , Chiatan , Fatouma , Fanta , Korotimi , Kassita , Mawa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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