A loan of $825 helped a member to buy onions, tomatoes, and heads of cabbage.

Benkan Group's story

The Benkan Group is made up of four women all married and living in polygamous households. They have an average age of 35 years and and average of two children. They all live in the Ouolofobougou quarter in community III of the Bamako district (capital of Mali). They know one another through their trade businesses in the Ouolofobougou market. The members of the group have small businesses selling vegetable sauces, fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, onions, cabbage, okra and others). In order to increase their business capital, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso where they are on their first group loan.

Aminata (shown in the photo dressed in green, with a cabbage in hand) has a great reputation a a merchant of fruit and vegetables in the Ouolofobougou market. She plans to use her loan to buy two sacks of onions, one basket of tomatoes and one basket of cabbages. She purchases her merchandise in the town of Kati and at the market. She sells her goods at retail and for cash in the local market, to a clientele composed mostly of women.

With this loan, Aminata hopes to earn an average monthly income of 40,000 Francs CFA, part of which she will use to pay for the daily needs of her children, and the remainder of which she will use to reinvest in her business. Aminata relies very much on the partnership of Soro Yiriwaso to attain her objective of increasing the volume of her sales.

In this group: Aminata , Sanoudjè , Ami , Badjè

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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