A loan of $700 helped a member to buy foodstuffs.

Benkadi Group's story

The women of this group called Benkadi have an average age of 40 and on average, five children, and all live in traditional extended families in Hamdallaye, one of the neighborhoods of the town of San of the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali.

These women met through bonds of kinship and they buy and sell foodstuffs such as condiments, or sell cooked food or general merchandise.
The women of this group called Benkadi are on their first solidarity loan. Ami, the first woman standing in the photo, left to right, intends to use her loan to buy one sack of wheat flour, one jerrycan of 20 liters, one sack of onions, and some packets of condiments. She buys her supplies in San and the villages nearby. She makes her sales right in San, to a clientele composed of women and men.

The women expect to make an average monthly profit of 20,500 F CFA which will be used to cover healthcare expenses, food, and school fees with the rest reinvested in the businesses. .

In this group: Ami, Sonta, Rokia, Fanta, Fatoumata, Abiba, Bintou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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