A loan of $1,400 helped a member to pay for the cost of plowing and weeding, to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicide and small equipment.

Benkola 1 Group's story

The ten members of the BENKOLA 1 group are married women who, on average, are 37 years old with four children each.

They live in polygamous families in N’Djissoumbougou, one of the villages of the rural commune of Banco, in the Dioïla Cercle.

They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their work at the beginning of the rainy season. They grow the following crops: rice, groundnut, beans etc. This is their second loan with the institution.

With this new loan, Saran (second from the right in the sitting row) is planning to buy farming inputs and small equipment, and also to pay for the cost of plowing on roughly 0.75 hectare of land where she grows rice and beans.

Crops are sold after the harvest in the towns of Banco, N'Golobougou and Dioïla to a customer base comprising men and women.

Djeneba is expecting average profits to reach about 110,000 CFA francs per season.

In this group: Djatou, Nana, Sadio, Mariam, Adjaratou, Mata, Sata, Saran, Mamou, Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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