A loan of $450 helped a member to buy traditional "pagnes" fabric..


Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group is composed exclusively of married women. They average 32 years of age, with five children, and all live in traditional extended families in the village of Chakabougou, Kaladougou community, Doio prefecture, Koulikoro Region (the second administrative region of Mali).

They know each other as relatives, neighbors and friends. They sell clothing and miscellaneous items. The group members are on their second solidarity loan which will be used to buy clothing and miscellaneous items. Assan, the first client seated on the right, plans to buy five sets of traditional “pagnes” fabric of the “fancy” grade from wholesalers in Diola, in order to resell them locally out of her house or as a street vendor and a the Diola market. She plans to earn an average monthly revenue of 10,000 West African francs, which will be spent for her family needs, and a part of it reinvested in her clothing business.

In this group: Batou , Bintou , Adama , Tenin , Baye , Assan , Awa , Bintou , Teninba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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