A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay for plowing.


Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten members of BENKADI 1 Group are married women averaging 37 years of age and three children. They all live in traditional families in Fatia, one of the villages in Sikasso, third 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. They are seeking their sixth loan, and the previous ones were repaid without problems.

Korotoumou grows tomatoes and corn. She's the woman in the center of the standing row in the photograph. She intends to buy farm inputs, fertilizers, seeds, and pay for plowing to maintain about 0.5 hectare.

After the harvest, the production is sold in the village and at the market in Sikasso, to a clientele comprising both men and women. She intends to turn an average profit of XOF 45'000 (ca US$ 90) per farming cycle.

The profit will enable her to repay the loan and also help her large family cover its daily expenses and pay her children's healthcare expenses.

In this group: Korotoumou, Korotoumou, Rokia , Ami , Djeneba , Salimata , Alimata , Michata , Nabintou , Salimata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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