A loan of $675 helped a member to buy ingredients for catering.


Benkadi Group's story

BENKADI is a group of four married women, who are on average 36 years old with four kids, and live in nuclear families. These women live in the Massablacoura neighborhood of Bougouni (in Mali's third administrative region). They got to know each other through business and neighborhood relations.
In order to satisfy their customers and to increase their activity level, they have decided to join micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso, with the objective to trade in condiments and cereals, and in Rokia's case, to offer prepared foods. She is the group's president and the second woman from the right, with a yellow scarf.
They are on their eighth group loan; all previous loans have been repaid without difficulty.
With this new loan, Rokia plans on purchasing 100 kilos of rice and some condiments for caterers. She gets her supplies in Bougouni and sells her food on the marketplace in Kola and in Massabla Coura; she also retails from home and accepts cash. Her clientele is composed of men and women.
With this loan, she is counting on a monthly benefit of 40,000 FCFA, a part of which will be used to repay the loan, with the remainder to be reinvested in her expenses.

In this group: Rokia , Safi , Awa , Kadiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler



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