A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The members of Benkadi 1 Group are men averaging 45 years of age and four children. They all live in polygamous families in Kolokoba, one of the villages of Sikasso, third 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 sixth loan from the MFI, and the previous loans were repaid without problems.

Mr. Sory (sitting in the middle) is growing corn. With his loan, he intends to pay for plowing and buy fertilizers to maintain one hectare. After the harvest, the production is sold at the market in the village, to a clientele comprising both men and women.

He intens to turn a profit of XOF 190'000 (ca US$ 380) per planting. The profits will enable him to repay the loan and also take care of the daily expenses of his family.

In this group: Yaya, Fatogoma, Notiaga, Issa, Amadou, Sibiri, Sory, Sedou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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