A loan of $850 helped a member to buy seeds and farm inputs and to pay the cost of labor.


Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten women of the Benkadi 1 group are all married and live in traditional families. They, on average, are 40 years old and have two children. They all live in Fabougou in the Segou region (the fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other from their farming in the rainy season as well as neighborhood, marriage, and kinship ties.

The group members grow groundnuts, millet, and rice. With the goal of buying small farm equipment and supplying themselves with farm inputs, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso, and they are on their second loan cycle of the season.

Aminata (the woman seated in front on the right in the photo) leads the farming during the rainy season in Fabougou. With her loan, she plans to buy seeds and fertilizers. She also will [pay someone to] plow the field and then [also] pay some young people to weed it.

The sales of the crops for cash at the end of the rainy season will be used to pay back her loan and to support her children and a part of her family.

In this group: Aminata , Mariam , Kadiatou , Assetou , Assita , Assata , Ayira , Nah , Fatoumata T , Salimata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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