A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for the labor needed during the agricultural cycle.


Benkadi I Group's story

The Benkadi I Group is made up of ten married women who have an average age of 38 years, and an average of five children. They are all living in polygamous families in Kassela, one of the villages of Bougouni, third administrative region of Mali. They are working with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. The group is on their eleventh loan with the institution, and their prior loans have been repaid in full.

Koura, shown seated on the far right in the photo, grows crops of rice. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for the labor needed to maintain one and a half hectares of farmland. After the harvest, her produce is sold at the village market and in Bougouni to a clientele composed of men and women.

She hopes to earn an income of 150,000 Francs CFA per agricultural cycle. This income will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with their daily household expenses.

In this group: Koura , Adiara , Sali , Sanata , Setou , Sali , Diarra , Bintou , Sira , Batoma
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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