A loan of $2,150 helped a member to pay wages and to purchase seeds and agricultural inputs.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 2 Group are married women, on average 42 years old, have four children, and mostly live in polygamist families in Zerlaba, a village in the district of Pimperna, in the Sikasso prefecture, the third administrative region of Mali. They are working with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better manage their agricultural businesses during the winter season. They are on their seventh loan from the institution; all prior loans have been fully repaid.

Kary, the first woman squatting on the right of the photo, cultivates tomatoes and jakatou- a type of small green eggplant. With this loan, she intends to pay labor wages, purchase seeds and agricultural inputs to work a 1 hectare plot. After the harvest, the produce is sold within the village and in the Sikasso market to a clientele of men and women.

She intends to earn an average profit of 142,500 FCFA per year. This profit will allow her to pay back her loan and help her husband with household expenses. She hopes to maintain this relationship with Soro Yiriwaso in order to make the most of her plot and reap more profit.

In this group: Kary Yacouba, Alama, Nassete, Niatio, Rokia Kalifa, Afou Kleno, Djeneba, Kadiatou, Diata, Sitan Sinaly

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon

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