A loan of $1,000 helped a member to purchase fruit & vegetables.


Benkadi Group's story

Married for the most part in traditional extended families, the five women of the group Benkadi average 36 years of age and four children each. The women all live in the DALLAN de San district, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali) and know one another through ties of community, professional work, and kinship. They buy and sell fruit & vegetables and beverages. With the goal of satisfying the needs of their burgeoning and demanding customer base, the group members decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second solidarity loan. Ms. ASSAN (second person standing from the right in the photo) excels in selling fruit & vegetables of all sorts. She is much in demand at the different fairs that she attends. She intends to use her loan to purchase 10 sacks of potatoes, 2 baskets of tomatoes, 3 sacks of plantains, and a basket of bell peppers. She gets her supplies from wholesalers from Sikasso each week. Accepting cash, she makes her sales retail to a mixed customer base at the many fairs in Cercle de SAN. With this loan, Ms. ASSAN hopes to make an average monthly profit of 35,000 francs CFA that will used for reinvesting in her business and helping out her husband in meeting household needs.

In this group: Assan , Konta , Fatoumata , Awa , Tenin
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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