A loan of $800 helped a member to buy bananas, potatoes, cabbages, eggplants and avocados.

Benkadi Group's story

Benkadi Group is made up of four women who are all married. They average 40 years of age and four children. Most of them live in traditional families in Torakabougou, a neighborhood in Bougouni.

They got acquainted through bonds of neighborhood, friendship, and business. To strengthen their financial capacities and their businesses, they joined Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their third loan.

The women in this group sell fruits and vegetables. Saran is the woman with papers in her hand in the photograph. She buys and sells fruits and vegetables.

She intends to user her part of the loan to buy three cartloads of bananas and ten baskets of potatoes, cabbages, eggplants and avocados, from local wholesalers.

She sells for cash and sometimes on credit, at the market and at her home, to a clientele comprising both men and women. She foresees turning an average monthly profit of XOF 40'000 (ca US$ 80), to be used to invest in her business and repay the loan.

In this group: Saran, Mariam, Awa, Diakassa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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