A loan of $1,400 helped a member to purchase labor, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, hoes and small tools.

Benkadi 4 Group's story

The ten members of the group Benkadi 4 are married women with an average age of 39 years old and an average of three children. For the most part, they live in polygamous families in Kantela, one of the villages in the Massigui commune, in the Dioïla prefecture, in the Koulikoro region, the second administrative region of Mali. They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution with the goal of better organizing their businesses at the beginning of the rainy season. The crops planted include pearl millet, rice and peanuts. They are on their fifth collaboration with the institution. With this new loan, Moussodje, who is seated in the middle, expects to buy the fertilizers, seeds, and small tools and pay the labor costs (for hoeing) to maintain around .5 hectares of pearl millet and peanuts. The products are sold at the city level in Massigui after the harvests to a customer base made up of men and women. They expect to make an average profit of 20,000 FCFA per plot of land.

In this group: Moussodje , Sitan Lassine , Mamine Madou , Boh , Raba , Flaba , Gnani , Fatoumata Abdou , Awa , Sali Abdou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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