A loan of $875 helped a member cover the cost of resources, seeds, and labour for an agricultural campaign.


Benkelema 2 Group's story

The members of the BENKELEMA 2 group are married woman, on average 26 years old with three children, who all live in polygamous families in Kalakan, a village in the Kolondieba region (3rd largest administrative region in Mali). They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully complete the planning of their farming activities during the winter season. They are asking for their seventh loan, the previous six having been successfully reimbursed. Diatou (seen 3rd from the left in the photo) cultivates rice. This loan will allow her to purchase rice seeds and other resources, and cover the labor costs of cultivating on 3 acres of land. She sells the product at the local village market in Kolondieba, to a client base composed of both men and women. She hopes to earn a profit of 185 000 FCFA (approximately 282 USD) per area of land. This will allow her to pay back her loan, in addition to helping her husband take care of daily family expenses.

In this group: Diatou F , Diatou , Mamine , Oumou , Awa , Sali

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chloé Tuot



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