A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy tomatoes.


Benkadi Group's story

The four members of the BENKADI group are married women who average 45 years of age and 7 children each. Most of them live in monogamous families in Medine, one of the working-class neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali). In order to satisfy the needs of their customers, they have requested their tenth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso. Awa is the member of the BENKADI group who sells tomatoes. In the photo, she is the first woman from the right. With her loan, she is planning to buy 50 baskets of tomatoes from rural producers. She will resell her goods locally, within her family, for retail and for cash, to a customer base essentially made up of women. She is expecting average monthly profits to reach 45,000 CFA francs, part of which will be used to pay off her loan and interest, while the rest will be put into savings. Her ambition is to increase her turnover in order to better meet the needs of her customers.

In this group: Awa , Salimata , Sanata , Mama
*not pictured

Translator profile picture

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams



Loan details