A loan of $1,275 helped a member to pay for plowing and weeding, and buy seeds, fertilizers and herbicide.

Benkadi I Group's story

The ten members of BENKADI I Group are married women averaging 38 years of age and four children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Djambougou, one of the villages in Marka Coungo, Dioïla Prefecture, in Koulikoro Region, second administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to better organize their activities at the start of the rainy season. Their crops include, among others, peanuts, millet, okra, and sesame.

They are seeking their sixth loan from Soro Yiriwaso. With this loan, Djeneba (the woman in the center of the standing row) intends to buy farm inputs and small equipments, and pay for plowing to maintain about 1.5 hectare of millet and peanuts.

After the harvests, the production is sold in Marka Coungo, to a clientele comprising both men and women. She intends to turn an average profit of XOF 75'000 (ca US$ 150) per farming cycle.

In this group: Djeneba , Foune , Fanta , Awa , Matou , Kadia , Koumba , Batoma , Aba , Sanata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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