A loan of $850 helped a member to buy condiments.


Benkadi Group's story

Married and mainly living in monogamous family environments, the 4 women of the Benkadi group have an average age of 39 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the village of Cinzana Gare, the main town of a rural commune in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali), and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly and family relationships, and marriage. They buy and sell condiments (peppers and sumbala, a condiment made from néré seeds), wax cloth pagnes (highly colourful and decorative West African clothing) and plastic utensils. The members of the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 4th group loan cycle.

Sitan (the woman standing first on the left in the picture) is a large seller of all sorts of condiments in the village of Cinzare Gare. She plans to use her loan to buy 200 kgs of peppers and 1000 patties of sumbala wholesale, together with the stall holders from the surrounding villages, at the Médine market of Ségou. She makes her sales for cash or credit from her home and at the village market to a customer base mainly composed of women. Sitan hopes to make an average monthly profit of 47 000 francs with the help of this loan, which will be reinvested in her business and used to take care of the health care of the children in the household.

In this group: Kadia Alou , Sitan , Bassira , Aminata Chaka
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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