A loan of $1,050 helped a member to pay the cost of labor and to buy farm inputs, seeds, and small farm equipment.


Benkadi 2 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 2 group are married women who, on average, are 35 years old and have five children. They all live in traditional families in Nagousso, in the Moribilia commune of the Cercle de San, in the fourth administrative region of Mali. The group is collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better carry out their work during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the instition and their previous loans have all been repaid correctly. Kadia, the first woman standing on the left in the photo, grows ground nuts. With this loan, she plans to buy farm inputs, seeds, some small farm equipment and to pay the cost of labor to maintain a quarter hectare. After the harvest, the crops will be sold in the villages of San and Kimparana to men and women customers. Kadia hopes to earn 35,000 francs CFA at the end of the season. These earnings will allow her to pay back her loan and also help her husband with the everyday expenses.

In this group: Mereme , Hawa , Biba , Bibata , Soumba , Hawa , Kadia , Zele , Hawa , Binta
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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