A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi D Group's story

The members of the Benkadi D group are all married women, who have an average age of 32 and an average of five children. They live in polygamous families in Golokouna, a village in Sikasso, the third-largest administrative region in Mali. The all collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institute, so that they can successfully continue with their agricultural businesses during the rainy season.

This group is on its second loan with the institution, and the prior loan was successfully repaid. Djeneba, who is pictured in the middle of the photo, grows sorghum. With her loan, she plans to buy agriculture inputs and seeds to plant 1.5 hectares of land. She sells her produce in the village and at Sikasso market after the harvest, and her customers are both male and female.

Djeneba hopes to make an average monthly profit of 195,000 francs CFA per agricultural season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan, as well as to help her husband with the day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Djeneba , Abi, Fatou , Dialia , Adiaratou , Ramatou , Minata , Dialia , Maratou , Diata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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