A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy firewood.

Benkadi Group's story

The seven women from the Benkadi group are for the most part married in traditional families with an average age of 40 and on average four children. They all live in the town of Sikasso and have known each other through ties of kinship, neighborhood, and their professional activities.

They sell clothing, cereals, various items, firewood, kitchen utensils and condiments. In order to increase their working capital, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso and this is their fifth group loan.

Mrs. Aminata, seating in the middle, plans on buying 15 cartloads of firewood. She gets her supplies locally in Sikasso from the farmer growers. She sells at home to customers who are men and women. With this loan, Mrs. Aminata plans on making an average monthly profit of 40,000 Francs CFA that will be used to reinvest in the business and provide for some of the household expenses.

In this group: Awa*, Sata, Diara, Assanatou, Aminata, Elizabeth, Mariam, Mariam
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Veronique Fourment

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