A loan of $1,525 helped a member buy cosmetics.

Benkadi Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi group are mostly married women living in monogamous families, who are on average 38 years old with six children. They all live in the Hamdallaye neighborhood of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali) and became acquainted through kinship, marriage and their income-generating activities at Ségou's Castle market.

Group members retail grilled peanuts, tubers (sebenikou roots ), grains (rice and cowpeas), cosmetics (soaps, body milk and lip balm) and pagne wax (colorful West-African fabric).

In order to increase their business assets, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second joint credit loan.

Mrs. Bayt (the light-skinned woman sitting in the second position on the photo from left to right) is a major retailer of all kinds of beauty products at the Castle Ségou market.

She plans to use her loan to buy five boxes of skin cream tubes, a hundred lip balm tubes and two cartons of soap. She gets her cosmetic supplies from Ségou's great market and sometimes from Bamako. She retails for cash and credit, from her home and at the Castle market, to a predominantly female clientèle.

Mrs. Bayt expects this loan will enable her to attain average monthly profits of 22,000 FCFA she will use to reinvest in the business and take care of household needs.

Her purpose is the same as that of the other group members: to sustain her business in partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Bayta , Tata , Awa , Assan , Oumou , Sitan , Adiaratou , Alimatou , Assan , Koro
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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