A loan of $950 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds and to pay for labor.

Benkadi Ii Group's story

The members of the Benkadi II group are married women who, on average, are 43 years old and have five children. They all live in polygamous families in Tiala, one of the villages in Niena commune, Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

The group is collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better carry out their farming during the rainy season. They are on their third loan with the institution, and their previous loans have been repaid correctly.

Awa, standing in the middle [of the photo], grows groundnuts. With this loan, she plans to buy seeds and fertilizer and to pay the cost of labor to cultivate one hectare of land.

After the harvest, the crops are sold in the village and at the market to men and women customers.

Awa hopes to earn 80,000 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: Djeneba D, Chata, Awa, Sitan, Mah, Korotoumou M, Korotoumou, Alimata, Djeneba, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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