A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay for labor expenses.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 2 group are all married women. They have an average age of 47 years, and have an average of three children each. They all live in traditional families in Fatia, a village in Sikasso, the third-largest administrative region in Mali. They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution so that they can successfully continue with their businesses during the rainy season. They are on their sixth loan with the institution, and have repaid all their prior loans without incident.

The women in the group grow tomatoes and corn. Adiara is a member, and is pictured standing in the center of the photo. With her loan she plans to buy agricultural inputs, fertilizers, herbicides and seeds, as well as to pay for the labor expenses involved in farming her one hectare of land. After the harvest, she sells her produce in a village market in Sikasso and the surrounding areas, and her customers are both male and female.

Adiara expects to make a profit of 85,000 francs CFA each season. These profits will allow her to make repayments on her loan, as well as to help her large family with their daily expenses, to give them access to better food, and to help with her children's health expenses.

In this group: Adiara Bakari, Oumou, Maïmouna, Marietou, Michata, Dialia, Anchata, Fatoumata, Adiara, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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