A loan of $675 helped a member to play for plowing, agricultural intrants, weeding and light agricultural equipment.

Benkadi Minanan 2 Group's story

Group Benkadi Minanan 2 is composed of six married women who are on average 53 years old with six children. Most of them live in traditional extended families in Kafla, one of the villages of the rural township of Banco in Dioila prefecture, Koulikoro region (Mali's second administrative region).
The women of this group are collaborating with micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their activities at the beginning of the rainy season. The species they cultivate include rice and groundnuts. They are on their first collaboration with the organization.
Saran, the second person sitting from the right, is hoping to buy agricultural intrants and light agricultural equipment with her loan, as well as pay for plowing and weeding expenses to maintain about 2 acres 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, to a clientele composed of consumers and retailers. Saran is planning on an average profit of about 85,000 FCFA at the end of the cycle.

In this group: Djeneba , Sounkoura , Saran , Tene , Djosoun , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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