A loan of $1,100 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide and small equipment.

Benkadi Minanan 1 Group's story

The ten members of group Benkadi Minanan 1 are married women who are on average 40 years old with seven children. They live in polygamous families in Kafla, one of the villages of the rural township of Banco in Dioila prefecture, Koulikoro region (Mali's second administrative region).
They are collaborating with micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their activities at the beginning of the rainy season. They mainly cultivate rice and groundnuts. They are on their first collaboration with the organization.
With this first loan, Noumoudjo – the first woman sitting from the right – plans on buying agricultural intrants and small equipment as well as pay for plowing and weeding expenses to maintain about 1.5 acre of rice and groundnuts.
After the harvest, productions are sold locally at the village market as well as in markets in Banco and N’Golobougou, the main weekly market in the area, to a clientele composed of men and women. The women from group Benkadi Minanan 1 are counting on making an average profit of about 75,000 FCFA at the end of the cycle.

In this group: Sagnon , Lala , Mariam , Mama , Noumoudjo , Ramatou , Bayama , Sali , Fatoumata Koniba , Djeneba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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