A loan of $800 helped a member to buy cereals for resale.


Benkola Group's story

The group Benkola is composed of married women who average 46 years of age and five children each. They all live in extended traditional families in Sirifila, a village located in the commune of Massigui, prefecture of Dioîla, region of Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the republic of Mali). They know one another as neighbors and friends, and through ties of kinship. They sell cereals, condiments and clothing. This is their 20th group loan cycle. SITAN, sitting first from the left, plans to buy two bags of sorghum, two bags of millet and three bags of maize from village peasants. She will sell the merchandise locally in the village to a clientele consisting of both men and women. She expects to earn an average monthly profit of 34,000 FCFA which she will use to provide for her family’s needs and to invest in her activity.

In this group: Mariam , Sitan , Ami , Bibatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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