A loan of $625 helped a member to pay labour wages and buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi Ii Group's story

The members of the Benkadi II group are married women with an average age of 37 and, on average, 4 children, who all live in polygamous families in Fassoumbougou, one of the villages in Sikasso, the 3rd administrative region of Mali. They are working with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. This is their 6th loan from the institution. The previous loans have been correctly repaid.

Diaratou, sitting in the middle of the picture, grows corn. She plans to use her loan to pay the labourers and buy the fertilizer needed for the cultivation of half a hectare of farmland. After the harvest, the produce will be sold in the village and in Sikasso to a clientèle made up of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 105 000 francs per crop cycle. This profit will enable her to repay her loan and also to support her husband with the daily living expenses.

In this group: Alimata, Chata, Minata, Mamou , Diaratou , Safiatou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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