A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy condiments.


Benkadi Group's story

BENKADI is a group belonging to the association SABOUGNOUMA of OUELESSEBOUGOU. It brings together five women who met because of being relatives and neighbors. They have an average age of 50 and are married with on average four children. They have various activities, such as buying condiments, in the case of Sitan, who is the second person standing from left to right in the photo. They live in big traditional families in OUELESSEBOUGOU in the prefecture of Kati (Koulikoro region, Republic of Mali). They have been in petty trading for a number of years and their businesses are very much sought after.

Wishing to satisfy the growing needs of their clientele, the members of the group decided to join the credit program of Soro Yiriwaso two years ago. They are on their fourth solidarity loan.

Sitan, who is the president of the group and well-known in OUELESSEBOUGOU, excels in the sale of condiments. She intends to use her loan to buy condiments of various sorts (peppers, tomatoes, onions, cabbage and Maggi cubes). She buys her supplies in Bamako and locally from wholesalers and sells her condiments in OUELESSEBOUGOU, retail, for cash or credit, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She hopes to make a monthly profit of 30,000 F CFA, a sum which will allow her to repay the loan and reinvest in her activity.

In this group: Sitan , Niangale, Diayiri , Djeneba , Sali

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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