A loan of $425 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.

Benkadi 2 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 2 group are married women who are, on average, 40 years old with four children each. They all live in polygamous families in N'goloniana, one of the villages of the Sikasso region (third-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 sixth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

Rokia, a member of the group, grows maize. In the photo, she is standing, first from the left.

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds in order to cultivate one hectare (2.47 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production at her village market, and her customers are both men and women. She is expecting to make a profit of 50,000 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: Rokia, Fanta, Fatou, Sanata, Nantio, Korotoumou, Adiara, Fatoumata, Setou, Wassa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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