A loan of $975 helped a member to buy potatoes.

Benkadi Group's story

The BENKADI group is made up of five women, all married, who are on average 34 years old and have six children. They live together in traditional extended families with their husbands, co-wives, brothers, and sons in the Dougounina district of the city of Bougouni.
They know each other as neighbors, friends, and through business. To strengthen their buying power and to better conduct their businesses, they joined the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with whom they are on their fifth loan. The previous loans have been fully repaid. This group of women is in the business of selling fruits and vegetables with BINTOU, who is the leader of the group and the only one seated in the photo. With her loan, Bintou plans to buy 400 kg of potatoes from the wholesalers in Sikasso. She makes her sales at the market and from home, at retail, for cash and on credit, to a clientele composed mainly of women.
She plans to make an average monthly profit of 45,000 FCFA which will be invested in her business and also go to repay her loan.

In this group: Bintou , Rokia , Mariam , Ba , Waraba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold

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