A loan of $825 helped a member to buy condiments.


Benkadi Group's story

The group BENKADI is comprised of married women who average 38 years of age and four children each living in traditional families in TORAKABOUGOU, a district in Bougouni City (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women are on their first collaboration with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to meet the needs of their customers. The group members do commerce in condiments with Ami, and they sell shelf items and shoes.

Ami (holding a sack of onions in the photo) intends to use her loan to buy 600 kg of onions. She gets her supplies in Sikasso. Accepting cash or credit, she sells retail to a customer base composed of men and women at her home and at the market.

She envisions making an average monthly profit 35,000 francs CFA. Part of the profits will be used to support her husband in covering day-to-day expenses, and the other part will be invested in the business.

In this group: Ami , Alimata , Amissetou , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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