A loan of $750 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds and to pay for labor.

Benkadi Iii Group's story

The members of the Benkadi III group are married women who, on average, are 41 years old and have four children. They all live in polygamous families in Niabougou, one of the villages in Niena commune, Sikasso, third administrative region in Mali.

The group is collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso so they can better carry out their farming during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution, and their previous loan was repaid correctly.

Djeneba, standing second from the right in the photo, grows groundnuts. With her loan, she plans to buy two bags of fertilizer and nine kilograms of groundnut seed and to pay the cost of labor to cultivate one hectare of land.

After the harvest, she crops are sold in the village and in Sikasso to men and women customers.

Djeneba hopes to earn 100,000 francs CFA per harvest. These earnings will allow her to pay back her loan and also to help her husband with the everyday expenses.

In this group: Minata Balla, Rokia, Safiatou, Djeneba, Madioura, Minata, Ramatou, Simba, Barakissa A

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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