A loan of $1,425 helped a member to pay for labor, the purchase of fertilizers and seeds.

Benkadi Ii Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi II group are married women who average 42 years of age with six children each; the majority of them live in polygamous families in Koflani, one of the villages in Baguineda, Mali's second administrative region.

They are collaborating with the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso with the aim of carrying out their farming activities successfully during the winter season. They are on their sixth loan with the institution.

Bintou, who is standing on the far right of the photo, grows groundnut. With her loan she is planning to buy fertilizers and seeds as well as to pay for labor to maintain around one hectare of land. Once harvested, the produce is sold in the village, in Tiele, to a customer bases made up of retailers and consumers. She is expecting to make a profit of 150,000FCFA per season. This profit will enable her to repay her loan and also help her husband out with the daily expenses.

In this group: Bintou, Mariam, Kafoune, Fanta, Mariam , Fatoumata Yaya , Nayouma, Orokia, Ne, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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