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

Benkadi Group's story

This Benkadi group is made up of four women, all married in monogamous households. They have an average age of 43 and four children, on average. They all live in Kalaban Coro in the administrative circle of Kati, (second administrative region of Mali.) They met through ties of neighborhood, family, and through their income-generating activities at the Kalaban Coro market. The members of the group have small businesses selling condiments, traditional medicines, charcoal, firewood, etc. With the intention of increasing their working capital, the members of the group decided to join with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first solidarity loan.

Madame Arhouna (the first woman standing from right to left) is an important seller of all sorts of condiments in Kalaban Coro. She intends to use her loan to buy various condiments such as dried fish, peppers, fresh tomatoes, onions, and 'sounbala'. She stocks up in the Grand Market and makes her sales for cash at Kalaban Coro to a clientele mostly made up of women.

With this loan, Madame Arhouna hopes to make an average monthly profit of 30,000 F CFA which will be used to reinvest in the business and cover necessary expenses for her family. Madame Arhouna's goal is to buy a plot of land where her children can live.

In this group: Arhouna, Filifing, Kadidiatou, Bintou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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