A loan of $1,800 helped a member to purchase fruit.

Benkadi Group's story

The six members of the group BENKADI are married women averaging 38 years of age and three children each living for the most part in polygamous families in BOUGOULA VILLE, a district in Sikasso City. The women are on their ninth loan with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to satisfy the needs of their customers. The past loans were indeed paid back.

ASSAN, who is second from the left in the photo, buys and sells fruit in this group of women. She intends to use her loan to purchase 10 baskets of bananas that she will resell at the big market of Sikasso City. She gets her supplies from the villages surrounding Sikasso and often from the Loulouni market. She makes her sales retail and for cash to a customer base composed of men and women at the market and at home.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 55,500 francs CFA. Part of the profits is used for paying the loan interest, and the other part is for her savings. Her ambition is to increase her sales, so as to do better in satisfying her ever-growing customer base.

In this group: Fatoumata , Assan , Mala , Tata , Rokiatou , Ba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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