A loan of $1,875 helped a member pay for labor, agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi A Group's story

Members of the Benkadi A group are married women who on average are 38 years old with two 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 fifth loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid.

Balakissa Arouna grows peanuts, and is the third standing from left to right in the photo. With her loan, she intends to buy inputs and seeds, and pay labor costs 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 110,000 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: Balakissa Madou , Balakissa Arouna, Dialia Kalifa , Djenebou Amadou , Djata Issa , Mariam , Fatoumata , Fatoumata , Kari Creyim , Adjaratou Abdoulaye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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