A loan of $850 helped a member to purchase fertilizer and pay for plowing costs.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 2 group are married women with an average age of 336 and an average of four children, all living in polygamous families in Loutana. Loutana is a village in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. The women collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to continue working on their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution, following the full repayment of their previous loan. The crop they grow is sorghum.

Sitan (standing on the far left) plans to use her loan to pay for plowing costs and fertilizers to maintain one hectare of land. After the harvest, the sorghum is sold within the village and in the market at Sikasso. Her customer base is composed of both men and women. Sitan hopes to make an average return of 100,000 francs CFA per year. This income will allow her to repay her loan as well as help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Sali, Minata, Aby, Natene, Mamou, Fatoumata Oudou, Fatoumata, Afou, Mariam Yaya, Sitan

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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