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A loan of $750 helped a member to cover the cost of plowing and buy agricultural inputs, small tools and seeds.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 1 group are married women who are, on average, 41 years old with seven children each. They all live in traditional families in Nagousso, in the Moribila commune, Cercle of San (fourth 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 fourth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

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

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs, seeds, small tools and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate 0.5 hectare (1.23 acre) of land.

After the harvest, she will sell her production to both men and women in her own village and in Kimparana. She is expecting to make a profit of 30,000 CFA francs at the end of the season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Minata , Halima , Kadia , Maima , Hawa , Bintou , Djeneba , Salimata , Hawa , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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