A loan of $600 helped a member to buy the raw materials for making incense.

Benkan Group's story

All married and living in nuclear families, the 6 women of the Benkan group average 35 years old and have 2 children. They all live in the area of Bagadadji in the town of Segou and know each other from neighborhood, family, and business ties.

They engage in the buying and selling of firewood, incense, perfume, and Bazin [a type of woven fabric]. In an effort to increase their business, the members of the group decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program. This is their first loan together.

Salimata (seated in the yellow shawl) is an incense vender. She plans to use her loan to buy 1kg of magnonkisseni [seeds of a wild plant], 2 bottles of quality perfume, and eau de Cologne. To prepare incense, one soaks magnonkisseni in pure water and eau de Cologne for at least a week and then seasons it with perfume. The resulting incense is then divided into bottles to be sold.

She sells the incense on a retail basis, for cash or credit, from her home and in the Bagadadji market. Her customers are mostly women.

With this loan Salimata hopes to earn a monthly profit of 17,500 francs CFA, which will be used to reinvest in the business and to take care of certain household needs.

In this group: Koumba, Nana, Salimata, Diaba Djénébou, Kadiatou, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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