A loan of $1,400 helped a member pay for tillage, seeds, agricultural inputs, farm machinery and the cost of weeding.


Benkadi I Group's story

The 10 members of the Benkadi I group are married women who on average are 53 years old with three children. They all live in traditional families in Tionsso, one of the villages of Koutiala, the 3rd administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to help carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are in their fourth loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid.

The featured member is Rokia, who cultivates rice, and is seen standing second from the right in the photo. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy inputs, seeds, small agricultural equipment and pay the labor to maintain one hectare (2.5 acres).

After harvest, the crop will be sold at the village market, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 85,000 FCFA by the end of the season.

This profit will enable her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Djeneba Waraza , Sanata Alassane , Rokia Seydou Djan, Mariam Solomane, Mamou Danzeni , Setou Drissa , Aramatou Sidiki , Mineta Lassine , Korotoumou Loutan , Rokia Malick
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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