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Benkan Group
In this Group: Mama , Maimouna , Maimouna , Djouma , Sitan
The five women of the group "Benkan" are married in monogamous families. The women average 36 years of age and four children each, all living in the Bagadadji district in Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through ties of community, kinship, marriage, and especially their revenue-generating businesses. The group members work in small-scale commerce involving shallots, potatoes, eggplant, secondhand clothing, and jewelry.

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 sixth solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Sitan (second woman sitting from the left in the photo) has a great reputation for selling shea butter and condiments of all kinds. She intends to use her loan to purchase 100 kg of shea butter and a lot of condiments. Sales are made in cash or on credit at the market and by going door to door. Her customer base is composed mostly of women.

With this loan, Ms. Sitan hopes to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA that will be reinvested in her business and used to ensure her home is supplied with food.
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Les cinq femmes du groupe Benkan sont mariées dans des familles monogamiques. Elles ont en moyenne 36 ans et 4 enfants. Elles habitent toutes dans le quartier de Bagadadji à Ségou (4ème Région administrative du Mali) et se sont connues à travers des liens de voisinage, de parenté et de mariage et surtout leur activité génératrice de revenu. Les membres du groupe font le petit commerce de condiments (échalotes, de la patate, d’aubergine de la fripouille et des bijoux) .
Dans le but d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce, les membres du groupe ont décidé de collaborer avec Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 6ème cycle de prêt solidaire.
Madame Sitan (2ème femme assise de la gauche vers la droite dans la photo) a une grande réputation dans la vente du beurre de karité et des condiments de toutes sortes. Elle compte utiliser son prêt pour acheter 100kgs de beurre de karité et beaucoup de condiments. La revente se fait au comptant et à crédit à domicile, au marché et en ambulant à une clientèle composée majoritairement de femmes. Madame Sitan espère réaliser un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 25000 FCFA avec ce prêt, qui sera réinvesti dans l’activité et assurer le ravitaillement du foyer en condiments.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 50
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $12,694,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 502.0
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD