A loan of $750 helped a member to purchase clothing.


Benkadi Group's story

BENKADI is a group from the association SIGUIDATON de OUELESSEBOUGOU. It comprises five women who know one another through ties of kinship and community. The women are married mothers, who average 35 years of age and five children each. They have different businesses, such as trading in condiments and clothing, just like BINTOU, who is in the middle of the photo. They live in large traditional families in OUELESSEBOUGOU, in Préfecture de Kati (Région de SIKASSO, Republic of Mali). They have been working in small-scale commerce for several years and are in high demand in their businesses.

Concerned about satisfying the growing needs of their customers, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program three years ago. They are on their fifth solidarity loan.

BINTOU, who is the group's president, is well-known in OUELESSEBOUGOU and excels at selling clothing. She intends to use her loan to purchase 20 lengths of Wax 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa) and damask fabrics. She gets her supplies in Bamako, and she sells her goods retail for cash or on credit to a customer base composed of men and women in OUELESSEBOUGOU. She is hoping for a monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA enabling her to pay back the loan and reinvest in her business.

In this group: Bintou, Jeanne Mary, Sali , Briyite, Sitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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