A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase pagnes (traditional West African dyed cloth).

Benkadi Group's story

The four women of the Benkadi Group are all married and live in monogamous families. They have an average age of 24 years and an average of two children. They live together in the Missira district in Ségou (the fourth administrative region of Mali). They know one another through ties of commerce, kinship and marriage. The members of the group are merchants of pagnes (traditional West African dyed cloth), shoes, and cosmetics. In order to increase their business capital, the members have collaborated with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan.

Catherine (shown in the photo standing on the far right) is known in the Missira district for the quality of pagnes she sells. She plans to use the loan to purchase several pagnes from wholesalers with the goal of reselling them for cash on the spot. With this loan, Catherine hopes to earn an average monthly income of 20,000 FCFA. She plans to use her earnings to reinvest in her business, to pay for household necessities, and to pay for the health care costs of her children.

In this group: Catherine, Korotoumou, Mariam, Sali

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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