A loan of $1,425 helped a member to pay for fertilizers (complex cereals and urea), herbicides, and male manual labour.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten women of the "Benkadi 1" group are married, belong mainly to traditional households, are on average 40 years old with 5 children, and all live in the town of Zankourabougou, in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali). They know each other through familial, neighbourhood, and business connections.
With the goal of using male manual labour to maintain their farms, the group members joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second farm loan cycle. The group members are going to grow peanuts, millet, okra, and cowpeas.
Ms. Maïmouna (sitting all the way on the right in the photo), intends to use her loan to pay for fertilizer, herbicides, and manual labour to maintain and weed her fields. She hires workers from the local youth association and buys her agricultural inputs at the grand market in Ségou.
With 3 hectares' worth of farmland, she hopes to produce 15 sacks of peanuts, 3 sacks of millet, 2 sacks of cowpea and leaf stalks. In addition to the cowpea leaf stalks, a portion of the produce will be sold to manage her household's small daily expenses, while the rest will be consumed by the family.
Similar to the other women of the Benkadi 1 group in Zankourabougou, Ms. Maïmouna's goal is to ensure her town's self-sufficiency in foodstuffs.

In this group: Maïmouna, Sayo, Djènèba, Maratou, Assitan, Alimata, Awa Babou, Kadia, Mariam Bourama, Awa

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