A loan of $1,100 helped a member cover labour and input costs, buy small agricultural equipment and seed.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The 10 members of the Benkadi 1 group are married women with an average age of 37 and an average of five children who all live in traditional families in the village of Djollo Kagoua, located in San, the fourth administrative region of Mali.
They are cooperating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so that they can successfully carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season.
They are requesting their fifth loan with the institution. All previous loans have been repaid.
KADIATOU is standing second from the left on the photo and has a crop of corn. She plans to use the loan to buy inputs, seed, small agricultural equipment and cover the labor costs for the upkeep of 1.5 hectares.
The yield will be sold in the village and at the San market, after harvesting, to a customer-base consisting of men and women.
She expects to make an average profit of 250,000 FCFA by the end of the season.
This profit will enable her to pay back her loan and also to help her husband with the daily household expenses.

In this group: Abi, Kadiatou, Minata, Djeneba Lassina, Mariame, Biba, Hawa, Setou, Djeneba, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stella Hodkin

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