A loan of $1,175 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, farm inputs, agricultural materials, and weeding fees.


Benkadi Ix Group's story

The 10 members of the group called Benkadi IX are married women with an average age of 27 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 Rokia Oumar, second 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 at the market, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She expects to make a profit of 40,000 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: Djene Diakalia , Awa Siaka , Rokia Oumar , Biba Drissa , Batoma Amadou , Djeneba Sinaly , Mamine Sekou , Ramatou Seydou , Fatoumata Issa , Awa Adama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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