A loan of $1,775 helped a member to buy fertilizers, seeds and small tools.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The Benkadi 1 group consists of married women from the village of Digan, in the Subprefecture of Ouelessebougou, Koulikoro Region (the second administrative region of Mali). They live in traditional families and average 45 years of age with six children. They grow peanuts [ground nuts] and “gombo” [okra].

In order to make their agricultural work profitable, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program and are now on their fifth harvest-cycle loan.

Moussoni, standing on the far right in the photo, plans to use her loan to buy peant seeds, small tools and agricultural inputs [such as fertilizers, pesticides etc] at the big market of Ouelessebougou. After the winter seasons, the harvested produce is stocked for a while until it gains enough value to be sold at the big market of Ouelessebougou, in Bamakao and at other nearby markets, retail, for cash, to customers mainly coming from large towns. After selling their produce, the group members plan to earn a profit between 50,000 and 65,000 West African Francs each, which will be used to repay the loan interest and cover ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Moussoni, Mariam, Setou Tama, Kadja, Fatoumata, Fatoumata Sougalo, Mariam Tama, Francoise, Saye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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