A loan of $625 helped a member to buy gourds and mortars.

Bendiya Group's story

The 4 women of the Bendiya group are married and mainly live in polygamous family environments. They have an average age of 43 and, on average, 5 children. They all live in the village of Noumou Wêrê in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other thanks to neighbourly and family relationships. They buy mortars and gourds which they engrave with nice slogans and motifs and resell. The members of the group decided to work together with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their business and are on their 14th group loan cycle.

Safiatou (the woman standing on the far left of the photo) is well known in the village of Noumou Wêrê for her engraved mortars and gourds. She plans to use her loan to buy 80 gourds and 20 mortars from the markets in the surrounding villages of the Ségou region and at the Médine market. The sales are made for cash or credit at home, on the streets and by request, to a clientèle mostly made up of women. In order to do the engraving, needles are put in the fire for at least one hour, and when they are red hot they are taken out and used to create a nice design on the outside of the mortars or gourds, according to the customers' desires. Safiatou expects to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs with the help of this loan, which will be reinvested in her business and used to keep the household supplied with condiments.

In this group: Mamou , Wawa , Mariam , Safiatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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