A loan of $925 helped a member to purchase fertilizer and pay for labor costs.


Badenyakadi 1 Group's story

The members of the Badenyakadi 1 group are married women who are on average 35 years old with 4 children. They all live in polygamous families in Saniena, one of the villages of Sikasso, the 3rd administrative region of Mali.

The women are working with the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso in order to keep their agricultural business going during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the organization, the first having been fully repaid.

Afou, pictured standing second from the right, is in the business of cultivating groundnuts. With her portion of the loan proceeds, Afou plans on purchasing fertilizer and paying the labor costs for maintaining 1 hectare of land.

Afou's crop is sold in the village, at the market of Sikasso after the harvest to a customer base made up of both men and women. She hopes to earn an average profit of 100,000 francs CFA per growing season. This profit will allow her to pay back her loan and also to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Diata Yacou , Maimouna , Ma, Sali , Afou Alassane , Afou Ballo , Fatoumata , Alimata , Afou Madou , Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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