A loan of $1,775 helped a member to buy fabric and dyes.


Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group is made up of married women and widows. The mean age of the group members is 38 years old, and each woman has, on average, three children. The women live in large traditional families in the town of Konobougou, in the Ségou Region (fourth-largest administrative region in the Republic of Mali).

The group members met one another through family, neighbors, and friends. They sell clothing and milk, and they prepare food.

The Benkadi group is on its nineteenth group loan.

BINTOU (the person farthest to the right in the photo) plans to buy damask fabric for dyeing from retailers in Bamako. She will then dye the fabrics and sell them from home and at the market to a clientele of both men and women.

She sees herself earning an average monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA, part of which she will use to buy necessities for her family. She will reinvest the rest of her profits in her dyeing business.

In this group: Oumou, Boury , Awa , Sira , Kadia , Bintou
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry



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