A loan of $2,200 helped a member to pay for plowing, buying farm inputs, and agricultural seed.

Benkadi 4 Group's story

The 10 members of this BENKADI 4 group are married women with an average age of 39 and four children, who mostly live in polygamous families in ZERLABA, one of the villages of the township of PIMPERNA in the prefecture of SIKASSO, third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so that they can succeed in their activities during the rainy season. They are on their seventh loan with the institution, and their preceding loans were correctly reimbursed.

The crops they cultivate are tomatoes and "jakatou" (a local vegetable), as for example in the case of DJENEBA, the first on the left, sitting on her heels in the photo. With her loan, she intends to pay for plowing expenses, to buy farm inputs, and seeds to farm one hectare of land. Her produce is sold in the village and in the market of SIKASSO after harvesting, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make an average profit of 145,500 F CFA per season.

This profit will allow her to repay he loan and to help her husband cover day-to-day expenses. She hopes to continue this collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso so as to better manage her land and thus earn more from farming it.

In this group: Djeneba Vah , Mawa , Farima , Tenin , Fatoumata , Mariam , Ami , Mariam , Afou , Awa Amadou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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