A loan of $1,225 helped a member to purchase the ingredients for making juice drinks.


Benkadi Group's story

The group Benkadi is composed of married women for the most part in monogamous families in Djalakorodji, an outlying district of Commune de Kati. The women average 50 years of age and seven children each. They know one another through ties of community and their revenue-generating businesses at the Djalakorodji market. The group members have small-scale businesses selling juice drinks made from hibiscus flowers or ginger, as well as selling condiments (Magie bouillon cubes, garlic, 'soumbala', …) With the goal of increasing their working capital, the group members decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first solidarity loan cycle. Ms. Sitan, who is the woman sitting at the far left in the photo, is a major vendor of local juice drinks. She intends to use her loan to purchase a bag of sugar, 100 kg of ginger, 100 kg of hibiscus flowers, and some flavorings. She gets her supplies at the big market in Bamako. To make juice drinks, the ginger is crushed and soaked in water and allowed to settle, and then sugar, flavorings, and water are added. This mixture is apportioned among drums or plastic pouches ready for sale. Sales are made in cash at the market to a customer base composed mostly of women. With this loan, she hopes to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in business and providing for her family.

In this group: Mayama , Sanata , Mamou , Fatoumata , Marama , Sitan
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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