A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay labour wages.


Benkelema Ii Group's story

The members of the Bekelema II group are married women with an average age of 32 and, on average, 3 children, who all live in polygamous families in Woroda, one of the villages in Fakola, the 3rd administrative region of Mali. They are working with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. This is their 5th loan from the institution. The previous loans have been correctly repaid.

Sene, standing on the left in the picture, grows rice. She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay the labourers needed for the cultivation of 2 hectares of farmland. After the harvest, the produce will be sold in the village and at the market to a clientèle made up of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 185 500 francs per crop cycle. This profit will enable her to repay her loan and also to support her husband with the daily living expenses.

In this group: Fatoumata, Sene , Mariam , Mamine , Setou, Nahawa, Sali

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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