A loan of $2,025 helped a member to purchase traditional medicines.

Benkadi Group's story

The group Benkadi comprises ten women, all married, who average 33 years of age and four children each, living for the most part in traditional extended families with their husbands, co-wives, brothers, and children in the Hérémakono Nord district of Bougouni City. The women know one another through ties of community, friendship, and commerce.

To bolster their financial capacity, so as to do better business, they joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first loan.

This group of women trades in traditional medicines through ASSETOU, who is the first person seated on the left in the photo. She buys and sells traditional medicines and intends to use her loan to purchase 250 pouches of improved traditional medicines from authorized manufacturers in Bougouni. Accepting cash or credit from a customer base composed of men and women, she makes her sales at the market and at home.

She envisions making an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA that will be invested in business and used to repay the loan.

In this group: Assetou , Mariam , Assitan , Fatoumata , Tindie , Aissata , Adja , Aicha , Nawa , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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