A loan of $950 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing during the farming season.

Benkadi 4 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 4 group are married women who are, on average, 41 years old with six children each. They all live in polygamous families in Pangnala, one of the villages of the Bougouni commune (third 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.

Yacou Mariam, a member of the group, is a rice farmer. In the photo, she is in the standing row, carrying a "daba" (African hoe) on her shoulder.

She plans to use her loan to buy farm inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate 0.75 hectare (1.85 acre) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production to both men and women, in her village and in Garalo.

She is expecting to make a profit of 85,000 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: Yacou Mariam, Naminata, Fatoumata, Maimouna, Rokia, Karatou, Adiarra, Sitan, Fonko, Korotoumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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