A loan of $525 helped a member to buy tools, seeds and farm inputs, and pay for day laborers to weed the fields.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The women of this group called Benkadi 1 are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 37 and on average three children. They all live in the village of Dioni, in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They met through their rainy season agricultural work, and through bonds of neighborhood, marriage, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet and rice.

Wishing to buy tools, to purchase enough farm inputs, and to pay for day laborers to weed their fields, the members of the group found Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second seasonal loan.

Madame Fatoumata, the second woman sitting from left to right in the photo, intends to use her loan to buy seeds and farm inputs in Segou, to purchase tools made by local blacksmiths, and to pay young men to weed her field. She sells her agricultural produce for cash at the end of the rainy season to repay her loan and in order to have income to cover the needs of her children and part of those of the extended family.

In this group: Fatoumata, Assetou, Djeneba, Fatoumata S, Mafounè, Djenebou, Kadia, Mariam, Maimouna, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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