A loan of $1,825 helped a member to buy fertilizers and seeds.

Benkadi 3 Group's story

The members of BENKADI 3 Group are married women who average 42 years of age and four children. They all live in polygamous families in ZERLABA, a village in SIKASSO, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to be successful with their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are seeking their eighth loan from Soro Yiriwaso. Previous loans were repaid without problems.

Nasseta Clakayere, sitting in the center in the photograph, grows peanuts. With her loan, she intends to buy fertilizers and seeds to maintain 1 hectare of land.

After the harvest, the production gets sold in the village and at the market in SIKASSO, to a clientele comprising both men and women.

Nasseta Clakayere intends to turn an average monthly profit of XOF 130'000 (ca US$ 240) per farming cycle, to be used to repay the loan and help her husband take care of the daily expenses.

In this group: Sali Youssouf, Mamou Ousmane, Batio Madou, Tjiblé Massa, Nasseta Clakayere Diamoutene, Nasseta Faboro, Minata Saliya, Djeneba Nah, Nawa Massa, Fariama Yafogo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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