A loan of $675 helped a member to pay for sundry equipment, seeds, farm inputs, labor, and weeding.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The ten women of "Benkadi 1" are all married in traditional families, and they average 41 years of age and four children each, all living in the village of Sokolobala, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through their rainy season farm work and through ties of community, marriage, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice.

With the goal of paying for sundry equipment, labor, and weeding and stocking up on farm inputs, the group joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second farm loan cycle.

Ms. Rokia (sitting second from the right in the photo) is a great leader of rainy season farm work in the village of Sokolobala. She intends to use her loan to purchase seeds and farm inputs in Ségou, and sundry equipment, as well as to pay young people to do weeding.

At the end of the rainy season, the produce is sold in cash to repay the loan and then to have the income to take care of the children with some left for the family.

In this group: Rokia, Alimata, Bassira, Alimata, Mamou, Nènè, Mafounè, Maman, Kadiatou, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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