A loan of $950 helped a member to buy urea and millet seeds and to pay for male manual labour to maintain and hoe farmland.


Benkadi 3 Group's story

The ten women of the "Benkadi 3" group are married, belong mainly to traditional households, are on average 41 years old with five 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 marital connections.
With the goal of paying for agricultural inputs in cash and using male manual labour to maintain their farms, the group members turned to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second farm loan cycle. The group members are going to grow peanuts, millet, okra, and cowpeas.
Ms. Kadia (sitting in the middle in the photo), intends to use her loan to pay for urea and a diverse selection of millet seeds, and to recruit paid temporary manual labour to maintain and weed her fields. She hires workers from the local youth association and women in town and buys fertilizer at the grand market in Ségou.
With 2 hectares' worth of farmland, she hopes to produce 10 sacks of millet and 5 sacks of cowpea and leaf stalks. In addition to the cowpea leaf stalks, a portion of the produce will be sold to provide for her children's needs and education, while the rest will be consumed by the family.
Similar to the other women of the Benkadi 3 group in Zankourabougou, Ms. Kadia's goal is to ensure her town's self-sufficiency in foodstuffs.

In this group: Sitan , Badiallo , Bintou , Ami , Rokia , Safiatou Fousseny , Kadia , Nana , Oumou Dramane , Diaminatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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