A loan of $575 helped a member to pay for labour and buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi 3 Group's story

The seven members of the Benkadi 3 group are married women, on average 40 years old with 4 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, crouching 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 1 hectare 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 45,500 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 Diakalia, Fatoumata, Nassou, Safiatou Yacouba, Abi, Salimata, Karidia

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