A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy soap.

Benkola Group's story

Benkola is a group made up of married women and one single woman with an average age of 34, on average 3 children and all living in extended, traditional family settings in the town of Barouéli, in the Ségou region (fourth administrative region of the republic of Mali). The women got to know each other through family and neighbourly relationships, and bonds of friendship. They sell clothing, soap, shoes and food. The women of the Benkola group are on their 11th group loan.

Mariam (2nd from the left in the photo) is planning on buying 50 cartons of BT soap and 20 cartons of Koulikoro soap from the resellers in Barouéli, so that she can sell them locally, door-to-door and on the streets of Barouéli, to a clientele made up of women and men. She expects to make an average monthly profit of 120 000 francs, which will be used to meet her family's needs and to diversify her business by adding groundnuts.

In this group: Kadia, Mariam Amadou, Kadia, Assan, Korotoumou, Fatoumata, Djeneba, Inda, Mariam

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