A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy bed sheets and curtains.

Benkadi Group's story

Married and mostly living in polygamous families, the six women in the group Benkadi are on average 32 years old and have 3 children. They all live in the Sébougou neighborhood in the town of Ségou and met through neighborhood and family ties. They buy and sell bed sheets, bedspreads, children's clothing, condiments and sugars. Concerned with getting a fresh supply of cash, the members of the group got to know Soro Yiriwaso and are on their 7th loan cycle in solidarity.

Ami (the woman standing in the 1st position in the photo from left to right) is a great seller of curtains, sheets and bedspreads of all kinds. She plans to use her loan to buy 25 bed sheets and around 10 curtains. She resupplies herself in merchandise at the large market of Bamako. The resale is done retail for cash and credit to a clientèle made up mostly of women, from home and as an itinerant saleswoman. With this loan, Ami hopes to make an average monthly profit of 75,000 FCFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of certain needs of the home. She has the goal of buying land to use for housing.

In this group: Ami, Sitan, Aminata, Kadidiatou, Aïchata A, Batoma

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason

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