A loan of $750 helped a member to buy food condiments.

Benkadi Group's story

Benkadi is a group from the Sabougnouma association of Ouelessebougou town. It groups together 7 women who got to know each other thanks to family and neighbourly relationships. They have an average age of 50, are married and have, on average, 4 children. They all have different businesses, such as the buying and selling of condiments, like Sitan, who is standing up in the back row in the picture. They all live in extended, traditional family environments in Ouelessebougou, in the prefecture of Kati (Koulikoro region, Republic of Mali). They have all been small traders for several years and are highly sought after in their line of work. The members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program 2 years ago, in order to be able to satisfy the growing demands of their customers, and are on their 3rd group loan.

Sitan, who is the group's leader and very well-known in Ouelessebougou, excels in the sale of condiments. She plans to use her loan to buy a large inventory of all sorts of food condiments (peppers, tomatoes, onions, tomato concentrate, cabbage and sumbala, a condiment made from nére seeds). She gets her supplies in Bamako and from the local wholesalers, and sells her condiments to a retail clientèle in Ouelessebougou, for cash or credit to a customer base composed of men and women. She hopes to make a monthly profit of 20 000 francs, an amount which will enable her to repay her loan and to reinvest in her business.

In this group: Sitan , Niangale, Diayiri , Djeneba, Fanta , Rokia , Sali

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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