A loan of $2,050 helped a member to pay plowing costs and buy agricultural inputs (fertilizers, seeds...).

Benkadi 3 Group's story

The ten members of Group Benkadi 3 are married women who are on average 42 years old with four children. Most live in polygamous families in Zerlaba, one of the villages of Pimperna Township in Sikasso prefecture (Mali's third administrative region).
They collaborate with the micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their seventh loan, previous loans having been successfully repaid.
The crops they grow for profit include tomatoes and jakatou for Alimata, the second standing woman from the right of the picture. With her loan, she intends on paying plowing costs and buying fertilizers and seeds to cultivate 1.2 acres.
After the harvest, productions are sold at the village level and at the market in Sikasso to a clientele composed of men and women. She plans on making an average benefit of 65,500 FCFA per cultivation cycle. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with daily expenses.
She wishes to maintain this collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso to make the most of her cultivation space and to increase her profit.

In this group: Alimata Seydou, Diaratou, Sali Youssouf, Mamou Ousmane, Batio, Waraba, Tjible, Nasseta, Nasseta, Minata Salia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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