A loan of $800 helped a member to buy clothing.


Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi group is made up of four married women, who are, on average, 39 years old and have four children. They live mostly in traditional families in the Torakabougou neighborhood in Bougouni. They all know each other from neighborhood, friendship, and business ties. To increase their financial capacity in order to better conduct their businesses, the women joined the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, with whom they are on their second loan. This group of women sells clothing just like Bassira. Bassira, who is the one with paper in her hand, buys and sells clothing. With this loan, she hopes to buy 10 lengths of pagne [brightly colored fabric] of different types from the wholesalers in Bamako. Bassira makes her sales at a market and from home, for cash and credit, to customers who are men and women. She hopes to earn an average monthly income of 42,000 francs CFA, which will be invested in [the group's] businesses and used to repay the loan.

In this group: Awa , Awa , Mamou , Bassira
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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