A loan of $1,275 helped a member pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, weedkiller and small equipment.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 1 group are married women with an average age of 50, and an average of 3 children each. Most of them live in polygamous families in Kantela, one of the villages in the commune of Massigui, Dioïla prefecture, Koulikoro region, 2nd administrative region of Mali. The women are collaborating with micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso so they can better organize their activity as the rainy season begins. Crops grown by the group include rice and groundnuts, among others.

This is their 5th collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso. With this new loan, Mansa, standing, in the middle of the photograph, plans to buy farm inputs, small equipment and to pay for plowing costs for around 1 hectare of rice and groundnuts. The crops will be sold in Massigui after the harvest, to customers who are both men and women.

The women of the group expect to make an average profit of 40,000 CFA francs per season after all their expenses. They are happy with Soro Yiriwaso and are confident of sustaining their farming practices with the help of Soro Yiriwaso/Kiva.

In this group: Chitan , Rokia , Fatoumata Chaka , Karia , Mariyama Youssouf , Mansa , Chata Yaya , Djeneba Drissa , Zele , Awa Soka

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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