A loan of $875 helped a member to buy inputs, pay for plowing, and purchase seed..


Benkadi 4 Group's story

The six members of the group called BENKADI 4 are married women with an average age of 32 and on average, three children, who mostly live in polygamous families in MAARO, a village situated about 45 km from the town of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali. They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to succeed in their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution. Their prior loans have been correctly reimbursed.

The crops cultivated are rice and peanuts, in the case of Madame MAMOU, standing on the far left with a red scarf. With her loan she intends to pay for plowing and buy inputs and seed to maintain 2 hectares. The produce is sold right in the village of LOUTANA and at the market of SIKASSO after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 160,000 F CFA at the end of the growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Mamou , Diatou , Chata , Fanta , Djenebou Kochi , Salimata Gaoussou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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