A loan of $1,250 helped a member to pay for labour and to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi 2 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 2 group are married women, on average 35 years old with 3 children, and live mostly in polygamous households in Kena, one of the towns in the district of Nantien in the Sikasso Prefecture, the 3rd administrative region of Mali.
They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to properly manage their agricultural activities during the rainy season.
They are on their sixth loan with the institution, and all the previous loans were repaid properly.
Mariam, standing all the way on the left in the photo, grows rice, peanuts, and tiger peas.
With this loan, she intends to pay for labour costs and buy agricultural inputs and seeds to maintain 0.5 hectares of land.
The produce is sold throughout the town and at the Sikasso market after the harvest to a clientele composed of men and women.
She intends to realize an average profit of 35,000 FCFA for the season.
This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also help her husband provide for the family.

In this group: Mariam , Afou , Adiaratou , Anchata , Fatoumata, Sitan , Djenebou , Diaratou , Wari , Afou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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