A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy wax pagnes.

Benkadi Group's story

The seven women who belong to the Benkadi group are all married and live in traditional families. Their average age is 40 and each women has, on average, 4 children. They all live in the town of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali) and know each other through family, neighborhood and business ties. They sell clothing, rice, charcoal, fabric, plastic goods and condiments.

With the aim of increasing their working capital, the members of this group joined Soro Yiriwaso and they are currently taking out their 6th group loan. Elizabeth, who is standing on the far right of the photo, plans to use her loan to buy 15 pieces of wax pagnes (traditional cloth). She stocks up at wholesalers in Sikasso and makes her sales from home to a customer base made up of both men and women. Elizabeth hopes to make a monthly profit of 30,000 francs. She will re-invest this money in her business and also cover some household expenses.

In this group: Awa, Sata, Mamou, Assanatou, Aminata, Elizabeth, Mariam

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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