A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy traditional cloth.

Benkadi Group's story

The five members of the Benkadi group are married women, living mainly in monogamous families. On average, they are 43 years old with five children. They all live in the Darsalam district of Ségou (the 4th administrative district of Mali) and know each other as neighbors, relatives and vendors at the Médine market of Ségou. They sell condiments (tomatoes and onions), traditional “pagnes wax” cloth and cereals (millet). With the goal of increasing their work capital, the group members have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their eighth solidarity loan.

Mrs. Astan, the second one from left to right in the photo, is known in Darsalam and at the Médine market of Ségou thanks to her high-quality traditional cloth. She stocks up at the big market of Ségou and sometimes in Bamako. Thanks to this loan, Mrs. Astan hopes to achieve an average monthly income of 45,000 West African Francs, which she will use to reinvest in her business and cover the cost of food and condiments for her household.
Her goal is to buy a land plot in order to build a house.

In this group: Oumou, Astan, Djèkè, Fanta, Doumbely

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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