A loan of $1,025 helped a member to purchase baobab leaves.

Benkadi Group's story

The group Benkadi is composed of five women who are mostly widows. They average 52 years of age and three children each. They all live in the village of Yassalam, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali), and they know one another through ties of community and kinship. They have small-scale businesses selling condiments (eggplants, tomatoes, salt, baobab leaves, and edible plants…), grains, and children's clothing.

With the goal of consolidating their small businesses, the group members decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their 11th solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Baaba (standing in the middle in the photo) is a major seller of condiments in and around the village of Yassalam. She intends to use her loan to purchase 500 kg of baobab leaves a little at a time from in and around the village. Cash and credit sales are made at the Château de Ségou market by going door to door. Her customers are mostly women.

Ms. Baaba plans on making an average monthly profit of 30,000 francs CFA that will be used to reinvest in the business and ensure her children's care.

In this group: Baaba, Mamou, Fanta, Aminata, Bintou Bâh

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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