A loan of $1,350 helped a member to purchase fertilizers, seeds, light equipment and labor.

Benkadi Ii Group's story

Benkadi II is a group of married women from the village of Nikankan, in the sub-prefecture of Kimparana of Segou, the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali. They live in traditional families. They are 38 years old on average and have at least 4 children. They cultivate peanuts and beans. 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. Hawa, standing in the center, expects to use their loan to buy a sufficient quantity of peanut seeds, some light equipment, labor costs and agricultural fertilizers for cultivation exclusively 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 Moribila San and in the 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 32,000 to 35,000 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: Konimba , Awa , Maimouna , Hawa , Djeneba , Korotoumou , Minata , Siatan , Awa , Sanata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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