A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and tools and pay the cost of labor.


Benkadi 1 Group's story

The Benkadi-1 group is composed exclusively of married women. Its 10 members live in polygamous families and average 30 years of age, with two children. They all live in the village of Togoya, the district of Kolondièba, and know each other as neighbors and relatives by blood or marriage. They all farm in the rainy season.

With the goal of increasing their produce output, the group members have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second agricultural loan.
Fanta, the one seated in the photo, plans to use her loan to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and picks as well as t pay for the cost of working and weeding the fields. She plans to cultivate 1 ha [about 2.5 acres] of rice and peanuts. She would like to produce 1 ton [2200 lbs] of rice and 1 ton of peanuts. Part of the produce will be sold to repay her loan, and the rest stocked as food supply. The revenues from her sales will be used to pay for clothing and certain household needs.

In this group: Fanta , Ramata, Awa , Mariam, Diassira , Karitio, Gnisira , Djénèba , Karitio D , Diatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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