A loan of $825 helped a member to buy small equipment, seeds, and farm inputs.

Benkaditon 2 Group's story

The 10 women of the group called Benkaditon 2 are all married in traditional families. They average 36 years old and have on average five children. They all live in the village of Massalawere in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They met because of their rainy season agricultural work, or through being neighbors or in-laws, or thorough relatives in the village.

They grow peanuts, millet and rice. In order to buy small equipment and to stock up on agricultural inputs, the members of the group found Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second cycle of seasonal loans.

Madame Menata Y (second woman standing from left to right in the photo) works hard at her rainy season agricultural activities in the village of Massalawere. She intends to use her loan to buy small equipment, seeds and fertilizer and to pay young people to weed her field. She sells her agricultural produce for cash, at the end of the rainy season, to repay her loan and to have income to cover children's expenses as well as part of the family's household expenses.

In this group: Ina, Massaran, Assitan, Fatoumata, Penda, Assitan, Fatoumata, Bagnini, Kadia, Meneta Y

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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