A loan of $1,475 helped a member to purchase agricultural inputs, seeds, and small tools.


Benkadi Ii Group's story

The Benkadi II Group is made up of married women from the village of Sanankoro in the Selingue prefecture, in the district of Sikasso (the third administrative district in the Republic of Mali. They live in traditional families, are on average 45 years old, have five children, and grow groundnuts and okra.

In the hopes of making their agricultural ventures more profitable, the group members decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso's loan program and are on their second loan of the year.

Gnoumadgue, third from the right, intends to use her loan to purchase groundnut seed, small farming tools, and agricultural inputs from the main market in Selefougou. After the winter season, the harvest will be stored for a certain amount of time so that the price can increase before it is sold in the main market in Selefougou, Selingue and in the surrounding markets, individually, and often in bulk, for cash, to a clientele who generally come from the big cities.

After disseminating their agricultural products, the group members each intend to earn a 40,000 to 90,000 FCFA profit which will be used to repay the interest on their loan and to help with the daily expenses of their households.

In this group: Gnoumadgue , Malado , Gnombou , Nantenin , Awa , Minata , Berete , Kankou , Awa , Mamou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Carolyn McMahon



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