A loan of $1,300 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, farm inputs and agricultural material, and weeding.

Benkadi Vii Group's story

The 10 members of the group called Benkadi VII are married women with an average age of 48 and, on average, three children. They all live in traditional families in Tionsso, one of the villages of Koutiala, third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to succeed in their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution, their prior loans having been appropriately reimbursed.

Rice is the crop cultivated by Biba Bourama, third person sitting from right to left in the photo. With her loan she intends to buy inputs, seeds, small agricultural material and pay for labor to maintain one hectare. Her produce will be sold in the village and in Koutiala, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She expects to make a profit of 65,000 F CFA at the end of the planting season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Korotoumou Tidiane, Chata Drissa, Setou Lamine, Biba Bourama, Sali Mamoutou, Setou Madou, Sali Bakary, Wassa Amadou, Mariam Malick, Na Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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