A loan of $400 helped a member to buy "pagnes wax".

Benkan Group's story

The Benkan group is made up of four married women, the majority of whom live in traditional families, and they average 32 years of age with two children each. They all live in the town of Sikasso (Mali's third administrative region) and got to know each other through relatives, neighbors and marriage.

The group members have small businesses selling ginger, "pagnes wax" (brightly coloured and highly decorative pieces of fabric), groundnut paste and incense. In order to increase their business, they joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third group loan.

Maimouna, sitting at the back in the middle of the photo, is the one who sells "pagnes wax" in the group. She is planning to use her loan to buy five sets of "pagnes wax" of varying qualities. She gets her supplies from wholesalers and sells on a retail basis, for cash and on credit, at home and in the market, to a mixed customer base. Maimouna expects to make and average monthly profit of 20,000FCFA with this loan and she will use it to reinvest in her business and help her husband out with some of the family expenses.

In this group: Assan, Afou, Maimouna, Maimouna

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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