A loan of $1,700 helped a member pay for tillage, agricultural inputs and seeds.

Benkadi I Group's story

The 10 members of the BENKADI I group are married women who on average are 40 years old with four children. They all live in polygamous families in KOFLANI, one of the villages of BAGUINEDA, the second administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their sixth loan with the institution.

The featured member is Tene who cultivates groundnuts. She is the first person standing from left to right in the photo. She intends to use her loan to buy inputs, seeds and pay tillage costs for the maintenance of 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres). After harvesting, the crop is sold in Tiele to a client base of resellers and consumers.

She expects to make profits of 190,000 FCFA per growing season. Profits will allow her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Tene, Fatoumata, Kadiatou, Awa, Oumou, Dado, Sanaba, Mousoni, Mariam, Fatoumata S

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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