A loan of $1,225 helped a member to purchase cloth and thread.

Benkola Group's story

The group Benkola is composed of married women, who average 50 years of age and five children each, all living in traditional extended families in the village of Massigui, in the Sirifila district, Commune de Massigui, Préfecture de Dioîla, Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through ties of kinship, community, and friendship. They do commerce in grains, make clothing by hand, and sell clothing.

The women of the group Benkola are on their 20th solidarity loan, which will be used to purchase grains, fabrics and thread, and clothing.

This client, Mariam, who is standing first from the right in the photo, intends to use her loan to purchase a few meters of cloth and some thread for sewing. She even sews clothing from sketches. This traditional clothing is sold to customers at the market and at her home. She envisions making an average weekly profit of 20,000 francs CFA, which is 80,000 francs a month. This profit will be used to purchase a milk cow, and some will be reinvest in her business.

In this group: Mariam, Sitan, Ami, Bibatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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