A loan of $750 helped a member to pay for labor and to buy farm inputs.

Benkadi 3 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 3 group are married women who, on average, are 30 years old and have two children. All live in traditional families in Niantanso, a village 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.

Fanta, the second person standing on the left in the photo, grows, among other things, ground nuts, rice, and sweet peas. With this loan, she plans to buy farm inputs and to pay the cost of labor to maintain half a hectare [of land].

After the harvest, she sells her crops in the village to men and women customers. She hopes to earn an average monthly income of 50,000 francs CFA per crop harvest. These earnings will allow her to pay her loan and also to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Alimatou, Awa Klekajou, Tenin, Natogoma, Korotoumou T’Chinougo, Fanta, Assan, Djenebou, Mariam, Tintio

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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