A loan of $975 helped a member pay for plowing, and buy agricultural inputs, small farming tools, and seeds.


Benkadi 2 Group's story

Members of the Benkadi 2 group are married women who on average are 39 years old with six children, all living in traditional families in Djollo Kagoua, one of the villages of San, fourth 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.

Hawa grows corn, and is the second person standing in the middle of the photo. With her loan, she intends to buy inputs, small farming tools and seeds, and pay for plowing to cultivate 1.5 hectare (approximately 3.7 acres).

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

She expects to make an average profit of 220,000 FCFA by the end of the growing season. The profits will enable her to pay off her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Chata , Oumou, Mariame , Fanta , Sanata, Hawa , Djeneba Bakari , Kadia Daou, Djeneba Oumar , Mariame *
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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