A loan of $775 helped a member to buy small tools, seeds and farm inputs.

Benkaditon 1 Group's story

The ten women who make up the Benkaditon 1 group are all married within traditional families. On average, they are 36 years old and have five children each. They all live in the village of Massalawere, 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.

Menata (standing second from the left in the photo) is an important leader of farming activities during the rainy season in the village of Massalawere. She plans to use her loan to buy small tools, seeds and fertilizers, and then to hire some young people to weed her field.

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: Menata, Assitan, Yah M, Hawa, Satou, Fatoumata, Menata B, Kadia M, Mah, Bintou K

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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