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A loan of $975 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, farm inputs, agricultural materials, and weeding fees.

Benkadi Viii Group's story

The 10 members of the group called Benkadi VIII are married women with an average age of 30 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 Mineta Bala, first person standing 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 half hectare. Her produce will be sold in the village and in the market, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She expects to make a profit of 54,000 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: Yorobo , Foune Mahamadou , Mineta Bala , Safiatou Issouf, Kadiatou Lassine , Maimouna Bourama, Diaratou Bakoro , Karia Abdoulaye , Ramata Modiba , Diarah Daouda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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