A loan of $1,525 helped a member pay for seeds, agricultural inputs, farm machinery and the costs of tillage and weeding.


Benkadi Ii Group's story

The 10 members of the Benkadi II group are married women who on average are 47 years old with four 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 Kadia, who cultivates rice, and is seen sitting third from the right in the photo. She intends to use her ​​loan to buy inputs, seeds, small agricultural equipment and pay the labor costs to maintain one hectare (2.5 acres).

After harvest, the crop will be sold in the village and at the Koutiala market, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 105,000 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: Rokia Breima , Mineta Mahamadou , Kadia Lassina , Chitan Solomane , Awa Moumine , Mineta Seydou , Djeneba Siaka , Bintou Mahamadou, Ramatou, Bintou Alou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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