A loan of $575 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay for labor costs.

Benkadi 5 Group's story

The group Benkadi 5 is made up of seven married women. They are on average 37 years old and have an average of 6 children each. For the most part they live in polygamous families in Maaro, a village located about 45 km from Sikasso, 3rd administrative district of Mali.

They are working with micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their activities at the beginning of the rainy season. This is their fifth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. The previous loans were fully repaid. The crops grown by Fatouma, second from the right, standing, with a child on her back, are rice and groundnuts. With her loan, she plans to pay for plowing costs and to buy inputs and seeds for 1.5 hectares of land. After the harvest, the crops are sold at the village of Loutanna and at the Sikasso market to customers who are both men and women. She expects to make an average profit of 100,000 CFA francs at the end of the season. The profit will allow her to repay the loan and help her husband with everyday expenses.

In this group: Fatouma, Awa, Diatou, Sitan, Djenebou, Alimatou, Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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