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

Benkadi Group's story

The 4 women of the Benkadi group are all married and live in polygamous families. They have an average age of 44 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in the village of Noumou Were 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, engrave them with nice slogans and designs, and resell them. 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.

Maïmouna (the woman standing in the middle of the picture) is known in the village of Noumou Were for her mortars and gourds engraved with attractive designs. She plans to use her loan to buy 100 gourds at 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 mainly composed 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 scratch nice slogans and designs on the outside of the gourds, according to the customers' tastes. Maïmouna 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 take care of the children. As with the other members of her group, her aim is to increase the volume of her small business thanks to this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mamou , Maïmouna , Maïmouna , Aminata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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