A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy cereals.


Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi Group consists of married women with an average age of 33 and four children. They live in traditional families in Massablacoura, one of the neighborhoods in the city of Bougouni (the third largest administrative region of Mali). In order to satisfy the needs of their customers, they are on their 10th loan with Soro Yiriwaso, a microfinance organization. This group of women sells cereals (via Rokia) and seasonings. Rokia, sitting in the photo, plans to use her loan to buy 400 kg of rice. She stocks up at the market in Bougouni and resells from home and at the artisanal gold mine to a clientele of women and men, for cash and credit. She expects to earn an average monthly profit of 40,000 FCFA, part of which will be used to help her husband with daily expenses. The other part will be invested in the business.

In this group: Rokia , Safi , Kadiatou , Ami , Awa
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh



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