A loan of $1,025 helped a member to purchase sugar.

Benkadi Group's story

The majority of the 10 women of the Benkadi Group are married in monogamous families; the women average 44 years of age and four children. They live together in the village of Bounou Markala in the Ségou region (4th Administrative Region of Mali). They met through family, neighborhood and marriage ties.

The members of the group run a small business selling sugar, rice, ground nuts, seasonings (eggplant, shea butter, tomatoes...), various boutique goods (tea, candy, cigarettes, matchboxes...), soap, etc.

With the aim of pleasing their customers, the members of the group have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are taking their first group loan.

Mrs. Mama (the first woman in a seated position in the photo, from right to left) is the sugar vendor in the group. She plans to use her loan to purchase two sacks of sugar. She obtains her sugar supplies at the Konodimini market and conducts her sales from her home and throughout the surrounding villages, for cash to a group of customers made up of men and women.

With this loan, Mrs. Mama hopes to see a monthly profit of 18,000 CFA francs, which will be used to reinvest in the business and to contribute to family expenses.

In this group: Minata, Hawa, Massitan, Sitan, Mama, Kadiatou, Djelika, Sitan, Mariam, Alimata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo

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