A loan of $500 helped a member to buy pottery products.


Benkadi Group's story

The five women in the Benkadi group are married in mainly monogamous families, and have an average age of 40 and an average of four children each. They live in the Bagadadji neighborhood of Ségou (Mali’s fourth-largest administrative region), and know each other as they are neighbors or related to one another, or through their profit-making activities in the Bagadadji market. The group’s members buy and sell high-grade “pagnes” (traditional wrap-around cloth), fruits, vegetables, artisan products and firewood. To increase their working capital they have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso, and this is their first group loan. Bâh (the woman seated on the left in the photo) is a successful seller of artisan products in Bagadadji. She plans to use her loan to buy 100 pottery containers and 50 colanders from the blacksmiths in the village of Togo. She will resell her goods on a cash and credit basis from home and at Bagadadji market in Ségou, and her customers are mainly female. With this loan Bâh hopes to make an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA. She will use this money to reinvest in her business and provide for her children, and aims to have a wholesale business with the help of Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Oumou , Bâh , Fanta , Rokia , Achatou Y
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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