A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for they labor needed to maintain one and a half hectares of farmland.


Benkadi Iii Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi III Group are married women with an average age of 40 years, and an average of five children. They are all living in polygamous families in Komo, one of the villages of Baguineda, second administrative region of Mali. They are working with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. The group is on their fifth loan cycle. Mariam, shown standing the fourth from the left in the photo, grows crops of peanuts. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for they labor needed to maintain one and a half hectares of farmland. After the harvest, her produce is sold at the village market to a clientele composed of retailers and consumers. Mamou hopes to earn an income of 200,000 Francs CFA per agricultural cycle. This income will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with their daily expenses.

In this group: Mariam , Djeneba , Alia , Sanata , Awa Yiriba , Oumou , Koyan , Yiritio , Sata , Minata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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