A loan of $600 helped a member to buy ingredients for catering.

Benkoro Group's story

The Benkoro group, is a member of the Faida de Dongorona association. It is composed of six women who became acquainted through family and neighbourhood contacts. They are of an average age of 30 and married with about five children each. They run various businesses such as condiment selling and catering like Rokia who is the third person standing, looking from left to right in the photo. They live in big traditional families in Dongorona in Kati prefecture (Koulikoro region, Mali republic)
They have been running their small businesses for several years and are very much in demand for their commerce.
In order to satisfy growing customer demand, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso micro credit institution a year ago. This is their first solidarity loan.
Rokia, who is the president of the group, is well known in Dongorona. She plans to use her loan to purchase food condiments, onion, cabbage and meat for her catering business. She buys her stock in Bamako and locally from wholesalers, and sells her preparations retail in Dongorona, for cash and for credit to a clientele of both men and women.
She hopes to make a monthly profit of 20.000FCFA which would enable her to pay back her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Rokia , Niagale , Minata , Fatoumata, Sitan, Djeneba
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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