A loan of $450 helped a member to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay for plowing.

Benkan Vi Group's story

The ten members of Benkan VI Group are married women who average 40 years of age and five children. They all live in polygamous families in Falan, a village in Sanankoroba, second administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are seeking their eighth loan from the MFI. Previous loans were repaid without problems.

Siriba (fourth one from the left in the standing row) is growing peanuts. With her loan she intends to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay for plowing to maintain 0.5 hectare.

After the harvest, the production is sold at the market in the village, to a clientele comprising resellers and consumers.

She intends to turn a profit of XOF 60'000 (ca US$ 120) per planting. This profit will enable her to repay the loan and also help her husband cover the daily expenses.

In this group: Siriba, Sali, Rokia, Fatoumata, Rokia, Mariam, Sata, Djeneba, Safi , Kiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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