A loan of $500 helped a member to buy firewood.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group is made up of 5 women who are married and mostly live in monogamous families. They have an average age of 32 and, on average, 2 children. They all live in the Sebougou district of Ségou town (4th administrative region of Mali) and got to know each other via their businesses and thanks to neighbourly and family relationships. They sell firewood, charcoal and soap. In order to consolidate their small retail businesses, the group members decided to work together with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan cycle.

Rokia (sitting on the far left in the picture) is a large reseller of firewood that she buys in Djoni from woodcutters for a reasonable price. She plans to use her loan to buy 12 cartloads of firewood. She makes her sales for cash or credit locally in Ségou town to a clientèle made up of men and women. Rokia expects to make an average monthly profit of 20 000 francs which she will reinvest in her business and use to take care of her children. Her aim is to make her business sustainable while working with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Rokia, Fatim, Kanou, Oumou, Mako

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