A loan of $825 helped a member to purchase condiments.


Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi Group is made up of four married women who average 39 years of age and five children. Most of them live in traditional families in the Massablacoura neighborhood in the city of Bougouni. They met one another through neighborhood, friendship, and business ties. To increase their financial means in order to better run their business, these women joined microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso, with which they are on their eighth loan. This group of women is in business selling spices, cereals, fruit, and vegetables. Raboua, who is the group member [pictured] holding some papers, purchases and sells condiments. With her loan, she plans to purchase from the wholesalers in Bamako five boxes of tomato concentrate, 40 liters of cooking oils, and two packages made up of hot peppers, fièfiè, pepper, and salt. She carries out her sales at the market and at home, at retail prices for cash and credit to a group of customers made up of men and women. Raboua expects to see an average monthly profit of 35,000 CFA francs, which will be invested in the businesses and [used to] pay back the loan.

In this group: Raboua , Awa , Rokia , Maïmouna
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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