A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy food condiments for resale.


Benkelema Group's story

The six members of the group BENKELEMA are married women for the most part who average 36 years of age and three children each. They live mostly in polygamous families in Loulouni (third administrative region of Mali).

They are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso for the tenth time to meet the needs of their customers. Previous loans were repaid without problems.

BARKE sells food condiments. A member of BENKELEMA, she is first from the right in the photo, wrapped in a white shawl.

She will use her loan to buy 50 kg of salt, two boxes of Maggi broth cubes, one 20-liter can of cooking oil, and three packages of dried onion. She gets her merchandise in Bamako and Sikasso. She conducts her sales at retail, among family members in the district of BOBOKIN, and also on fair days at the Loulouni market, to a clientele composed mainly of women, and mostly for cash but occasionally on credit.

She expects to make an average monthly profit of 37,250FCFA, part of which will be used to pay the loan and interest, and the rest added to her savings.

In this group: Awa , Adiara , Awa, Barke , Fatoumata , Mama
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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