A loan of $1,700 helped a member pour acheter des condiments (« fakoye » : feuille d’une plante sauvage comestible).

Benkadi Group's story

The majority of the women in the Benkadi group are married, in nuclear families, are on average 34 years old and have an average of five children each. They all live in the Hamdallaye neighborhood in the city of Ségou, and know each other from their businesses in the Médine Ségou marketplace. They buy and sell condiments such as peppers, gumbo, and fakoye (an edible leaf of a wild plant.)

In order to increase their capital, the group members have partnered with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their fourth group loan cycle.

Tata (the woman seated on the far left in the photo,) is a great seller of all kinds of condiments. She will use her loan to buy 800 kg of fakoye with the stallkeepers in the surrounding villages of Ségou. She makes sales in cash and credit to a mostly female clientele out of her home, while traveling, and in the Château de Ségou marketplace. With this loan, Tata hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest in her business and take care of small household needs. Her goal is to buy a lot for residential use with this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Bayta, Assan, Alimata, Adiaratou, Assan, Awa, Tata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Brianne S

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