A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay for the cost of plowing.

Benkan I Group's story

The ten members of the Benkan I group are married women who are, on average, 40 years old with five children each. They all live in polygamous families in Fanan, one of the villages of the Sanankoroba commune (second-largest administrative region of Mali).

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their eighth loan with the institution.

Korotoumou, a member of the group, grows rice. In the photo, she is in the standing row, first from the left.

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate 1.5 hectare (3.7 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production in her village and at the market to both consumers and resellers. She is expecting to make a profit of 190,000 CFA francs per growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Korotoumou , Ami , Noumoutenin , Kadia , Mariam , Moussokoura Sory , Naba , Awa Tidiane , Ramata , Niele
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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