A loan of $600 helped a member to buy shoes.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group is made up of four married women, who average 28 years old and on average have four children. They live in traditional polygamous families in the Dialanikoro neighborhood in the town of Bougouni. They know each other from neighborhood, friendship, and business ties.

To increase their financial capacity in order to better conduct their business, they joined the micro-finance institution Yoro Yiriwaso, with whom they are on their fourth loan. The three previous loans have all been repaid on time.

This group of women sells shoes.

Korotoumou, who is the president of the group, is the first women on the right in the photo. With her loan, she hopes to buy three dozen pairs of shoes from the wholesalers in Bamako. She makes her sales in a market and from home, in cash and credit, to customers who are women and men. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA, which will be invested in the business and used to repay the loan.

In this group: Korotoumou , Batoma, Sayon , Saran

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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