A loan of $600 helped a member to buy shallots.


Benkadi Group's story

Married and mostly living in monogamist families, the four women of the Benkadi group are on average aged 40 with four children. They all live in Pelengana, the administrative centre of a rural commune in the Segou region (fourth administrative region of Mali). They came to know each other through their business activities at the market in Pelengana. They buy and sell cereals, couscous, shallots and wax fabrics. In order to increase their stock in trade, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso and this is their 10th solidarity loan.
Mrs Ba Oumou (the woman second from right to left in the photo) is a great shallot seller at the Pelengana market. She plans to use her loan to buy 400 kilogrammes of shallots from the producers at the Chateau de Segou market. She prepares them by removing the outer skin, washes them well, and then puts them into a plastic bag before selling them for cash or for credit to a mainly female clientele. With this loan, Mrs Ba Oumou hopes to make an average monthly profit of 32 000 FCFA which she will use to reinvest in her business and to provide for her children.

In this group: Kadidia Hawoye , Mounessa , Ba Oumou , Fandi

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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