A loan of $1,275 helped a member to pay for labor and to buy farm inputs.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 2 group are married woman who, on average, are 35 years old and have four children. All live in traditional families in Niantanso, one of the villages in the third administrative region of Mali (Sikasso). They are working with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to carry our their farming during the rainy season. They are on their seventh farm loan with the institution, and all of their previous loans have been repaid correctly.

Djenbou, the last person seated on the right in the photo, grows, among other things, ground nuts, rice, and sweet peas. With her loan, she plans to buy farm inputs and to pay the cost of labor to maintain one hectare [of land]. After the harvest, she will sell her crop in the village to men and women customers.

She hopes to earn an average monthly income of 90,000 francs CFA per crop harvest. These earnings will allow her to pay her loan and also to help her husband in the everyday expenses.

In this group: Sitan, Awa, Djenebou, Satou, Assetou, Noumousso, Gnebile, Djeneba Salia, Rokia, Ami

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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