A loan of $600 helped a member to buy various items such as rice and clothing to sell..


Benkadi Group's story

Benkadi is a group from the Sabougnouma Association of N'tentou. The group consists of four married women who know each other from their neighborhood and family ties. On average, they are 30 years old and have four children. They all have diverse businesses, selling cosmetics, cereals, and clothing like Adama, the woman dressed all in black, is wearing. They live in large traditional families in N'tentou, which is in the Koulikoro region in the Republic of Mali.

They have had their small businesses for many years and are highly sought after by their clientèle.

To meet growing customer demand, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program four years ago. They are on their sixth group loan.

Adama is very well-known in N'tentou and excels at selling clothing and cereals. She intends to use her loan to buy two bags of local rice and one bale of secondhand clothing. She gets her supplies in Bamako and from local wholesalers, and sells her products in N'tentou for retail, for cash, and on for credit to a male and female clientèle.

She hopes to earn a monthly profit of 20,000 FCFA, which would allow her to repay her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Adama, Nana, Mamou, Fanta
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Brianne S



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