A loan of $1,400 helped a member to purch 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa).

Benkadi (L’Entente) Group's story

Benkadi is a group of women from the Koulikoro district of Koutiala who live in large traditional extended families with their husbands, children, and other relatives. The women average 33 years of age, are married, and average four children each. This group of women does commerce in a variety of goods, such as 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa), traditional medicines, perfumes, basins, meat, etc.

To increase the size of their businesses, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are now on their fifth group loan.

Aminata is a member of the group Benkadi. She is standing in the middle of the photo, and she buys and sells 'pagne' cloth. She intends to use her loan to purchase 10 lengths of Wax 'pagne' cloth. She gets her supplies from the big market of Koutiala. She sells her goods retail for cash to a diverse customer base at the house and at the market.

While the other group members of Benkadi each plan on making an average profit of 118,000 francs CFA over the course of this cycle, Aminata plans on making 140,000 francs.

In addition to repaying the loans, the women use part of the revenues to cope with personnel expenses and to increase business capital.

In this group: Maramou, Awa, Ramata, Aminata, Maramou Moussa, Mamine, Kadiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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