A loan of $2,025 helped a member to buy seasonings.

Benkan Group's story

The ten women who make up the Benkan group are married in mainly large families, and have an average age of 46 and an average of eight children. They all live in Kayantona, a neighborhood in the town of San, and are all either neighbors or related to one another. They buy and sell fish, cereals, clothing, seasonings, fruit and vegetables, or work in the food-serving business.
The members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso to expand their businesses. This is their sixth group loan, and they have correctly repaid their previous loans without difficulty.
Mamou (the first woman standing from right to left in the photo) is a successful seasoning seller in the Kayantona neighborhood and the surrounding area.
She plans to use her loan to buy five bags of fresh onions, three boxes of Maggi bouillon cubes, two 25-kg bags of salt, 15 kg of pepper and a large quantity of other seasonings at San market. She makes her sales from home in her neighborhood on a cash, retail and occasionally credit basis, selling her products to customers who are primarily women.
With this loan Mamou hopes to make an average monthly profit of 19,500 francs CFA, which she plans to reinvest in her business and also use to meet her household expenses.

In this group: Assan Morike, Mamou, Bintou, Oumou, Bintou, Moye, Assan, Fatoumata, Kadia, Mama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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