A loan of $350 helped a member to buy seeds and farm inputs, and to pay for labor.


Benkadi 4 Group's story

The six women who make up the Benkadi 4 group are all married within traditional families. On average, they are 38 years old and have three children each. They all live in the village of Fabougou, in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They know one another through their seasonal farm work and also through neighborhood, marriage and family ties within the village. They grow groundnuts, millet and rice. They have joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to buy small tools and farm inputs, and they are on their second farming loan. Hawa (seated first from the right in the photo) is an important leader of farming activities during the rainy season in the village of Fabougou. She plans to use her loan to plow her field, to buy seeds and fertilizers, and then to hire some young people for weeding. She sells her crops for cash at the end of the rainy season and this allows her to repay her loan and have enough revenues to take care of her children and, to some extent, of her family.

In this group: Hawa , Bintou Soumane , Hawa , Hawa Baba , Fatoumata , Mariatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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