A loan of $800 helped a member to buy food supplies for the preparation of meals.


Benkadi Group's story

The BENKADI group is part of the SIGUIKAFO association of Tiélé. It comprises four women who know one another through family and neighborhood ties and whose average age is 25. These women are married and have an average of three children each. They conduct various activities such as buying and selling condiments or preparing meals. Massire, standing, first from the right in the photo, is involved in the preparation of meals. These women live in large extended families in Tiélé, Cercle of Kati (Koulikoro region, republic of Mali).

The members of the group have been involved in small retail business for several years and their products and services are in high demand.

Eager to meet their customers' increasing needs, they decided to join the loan program offered by Soro Yiriwaso. This is their sixth solidarity loan.

Massire is planning to use her loan to buy half a bag of salt, two bags of rice and two baskets of cabbage, fresh tomatoes, onions and eggplants, for the preparation of meals. She buys her supplies in Bamako and Tiélé and sells her food products in Tiélé, for cash and on credit, to a retail customer base consisting of men and women.

She is hoping to make a monthly profit of 25,000 CFA francs, which will allow her to repay her loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Massire, Setou , Koura, Sitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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