A loan of $400 helped a member to purchase food condiments.


Benso Group's story

Benso is a group of the Saramaya de N'tentou association. It is made up of four women who came to know each other through family and neighbourhood contacts. They are on average 45 years old. Married and with about five children each, they have various activities such as the buying and selling of condiments, like AWA who is the second person sitting down in the photo looking from right to left. They live in large traditional families in N'tentou in the Kati prefecture (Koulikoro region, Mali republic).
They have been running small businesses for several years and are very much in demand for their activities.
In order to satisfy the growing demands of their customers, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso programme two years ago. This is their third solidarity loan.
Awa, who is the president of the group, is very well known in N'tentou, she is an excellent condiment saleswoman. She plans to use her loan to buy alimentary condiments: onion, cabbage, Maggi cubes, cooking salt, and tomato concentrate. She buys her stock in Bamako and from local wholesalers and sells her goods in N'tentou and Ouelessebougou, retail, for cash or for credit to a clientele made up of men and women.
She hopes to make a monthly profit of 15.000FCFA which would enable her to repay her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Awa , Maimouna, Sali , Djeneba

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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