A loan of $1,975 helped a member buy agricultural inputs and seeds.

Benkadi 5 Group's story

Members of the Benkadi 5 group are married women who on average are 40 years old with three children, all living in polygamous families in Zerlaba, one of the villages of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to help carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their eighth loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid.

Abi grows peanuts, and is the first sitting from right to left in the photo. With her loan, she intends to buy inputs and seeds to cultivate 1 hectare (approximately 2.5 acres).

After harvest, the crop is sold at village level and at the Sikasso market, to both men and women customers.

She expects to make an average profit of 160,000 FCFA per crop. The profits will enable her to pay off her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Sanata Abdoulaye, Tjifouanka Diakalia Souroun, Tjibleni Meme, Abi Diallo, Korotoumou Kalifa, Tjidogo Kalifa, Tintio Creyim, Kafogo Yacouba, Sanata M’Pèrè, Fanta Sounkala

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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