A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy inputs and seeds and to pay for labor costs.

Benkadi A Group's story

The group Benkadi A is made up of ten married women. They are on average 30 years old and have an average of 6 children each. They all 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 carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. This is their fifth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. The previous loans were fully repaid. The crops grown are rice and groundnuts. Madame Alimata, standing , middle, plans to pay for plowing costs and to buy inputs and groundnuts 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 165,000 CFA francs at the end of the season. The profit will allow her to repay the loan and help her husband with everyday expenses. Alimata hopes to continue working with Soro Yiriwaso so that she can have more land for farming, which will lead to more profit.

In this group: Alimata , Kadiatou , Kany , Rokia Adama , Fatoumata Issa , Djeneba , Afou Sirima , Sarata , Mama , Aminata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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