A loan of $1,100 helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicide and small equipments, as well as pay for plowing and weeding.

Benkadi 4 Group's story

The ten members of BENKADI 4 Group are married women who average 34 years of age and four children. They live in polygamous families in N’Djissoumbougou, a village in Dioïla Prefecture, Koulikoro Region.

They are collaborating with Kiva's partner, the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, in order to organize their businesses better a the start of the rainy season.

They grow rice, peanuts and beans, among others, and are seeking their second loan from Soro Yiriwaso.

With this new loan, Djeneba (second from the right standing up in the photograph) intends to buy fertilizers, small equipments, and pay for plowing about 0.5 hectare of rice and bean fields.

After the harvest, the crops are sold in the towns of Banco, N’Golobougou and Dioïla, to a clientele comprising both men and women. Djeneba intends to turn an average profit of XOF 150'000 (ca US$ 280) per farming cycle.

In this group: Matta, Minata, Mah Djeneba, Djeneba, Korotim, Setou, Koniba, Adiarra, Gnedje, Sanata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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