A loan of $975 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkelema 3 Group's story

The members of the BENKELEMA 3 group are married women who, on average, are 37 years old and have four children each. They all live in polygamous families in Monpiela, one of the villages of the commune of Niena, in the Sikasso region (third administrative region of Mali). They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their seventh loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans. The featured borrower, Kadia, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is in the middle of the standing row. She plans to use her loan to buy seeds and fertilizers, in order to cultivate 1.5 hectare (3.7 acres) of land. After the harvest, she sells her crop to both men and women, in her village and at the Sikasso market. Kadia is expecting to make an average profit of 150,000 CFA francs per season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband cover the daily expenses.

In this group: Kadia , Djeneba Yacouba , Korotoumou , Assatou , Awa , Fanta , Barakissa
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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