A loan of $1,100 helped a member to pay for plowing and weeding, and to buy seeds, fertilizer, herbicide and tools.


Benkadi 2 Group's story

The ten members of Benkadi 2 Group ("harmony") are married women who, on average, are 42 years old and have five children. They all live in polygamous families in Konfon, one of the villages in the rural municipality of Banco, prefecture of Dioïla, region of Koulikoro (second administrative region of Mali). They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to deal more efficiently with their activities when the winter season begins. They grow, among other products, rice and groundnuts. This is their first loan with the institution. Sitan Nadjola, the first woman standing at the left-hand side of the photo, intends to use her loan to buy agricultural supplies and tools and pay for plowing and weeding. She has around 0.5 hectares of farmland to grow rice and groundnuts. The harvested products will be sold at the markets in Klè, Banco and N'Golobougou to a clientele made up of men and women. The group members expect to make an average profit of around 40,000 CFA francs per season.

In this group: Korotim , Lala , Sitan Nadjola, Mariam Mamoutou , Sali Abdou, Awa Nouhou , Minata , Binta , Rokia , Kadiatou Daouda
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris



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