A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy foodstuffs.


Benkadi Group's story

Mostly married into traditional families and having an average age of 47 and six children, the seven women of this Benkadi group all live in the Bougoula Hamlet area of the town of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali.) They met through bonds of kinship and neighborhood and through their professional activities. They sell soap. rice and make and sell 'soumbala' (a local condiment). Wishing to grow their working capital, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their twelfth solidarity loan.

Madame Lala, standing, first person from left to right, intends to use her loan to buy 400 kg of potatoes and five baskets of 30 kg of soumbala. She buys her wares right in Bougoula and then sells her goods to a clientele composed of men and women.

With this loan, Madame Lala expects to make an average monthly profit of 50,000 F CFA which will be used to reinvest in her business and pay for certain needs for her household.

In this group: Djeneba , Abi, Assetou , Fatoumata O, Mariam, Alima , Lala

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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