A loan of $900 helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicide, small tools, and to pay for weeding.

Benkadi Iii Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi III group are married women, who average 39 years of age and 3 children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Momina, one of the villages in the Commune of Massigui, Dioïla Prefecture, Koulikoro Region (second administrative region of Mali).

In order to better organize their business as the rainy season begins, they work with Kiva's partner, the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso. Their crops include, among others, rice and peanut. They are seeking their fifth loan from Soro Yiriwaso.

With this new loan, Sali Adama (second one from the left, sitting) intends to buy fertilizers, small tools, and pay the costs of weeding to maintain about 0.7 of rice and peanut fields.

After the harvest, the production is sold in Massigui to a clientele comprising both men and women. The members of the group intend to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 40'000 (ca US$ 800) during the season.

In this group: Djoba, Rokia, Maïmouna Adama, Machitan, Setou, Awa, Djoba N’Goloble, Djatou, Sali Adama, Sali Madou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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