A loan of $825 helped a member to buy beans.

Benkadi Group's story

The four women in the Benkadi group are married, with the majority of them living in polygamous households. They average 33 years of age with five children each. They all live in Kalaban Coro in the administrative division of Kati (the Republic of Mali's second administrative region). They got to know each other through neighbors, relatives and their income-generating activities at Kalaban Coro market. The group members have small businesses selling plastic shoes, condiments, fruit and vegetables (tomatoes, aubergines, cabbages, and beans etc.). With a view to expanding their businesses, the group members decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan cycle.

Mariam (the woman sitting in the middle of the photo) sells condiments, fruit and vegetables of all kinds at Kalaban Coro. She plans to use her loan to buy two sacks of beans. She gets her supplies in the market from stallholders from neighboring villages. She resells for cash at Kalaban Coro to a customer base made up essentially of women. Mariam hopes to make an average monthly profit of 40,000FCFA with this loan and will use the profits to reinvest in her business and provide for her family's needs.

In this group: Mariam, Salimata, Elisabeth, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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