A loan of $525 helped a member to buy small materials, seeds and farming fertilizers, as well as to pay labor costs for hoeing the fields.

Benkadi 5 Group's story

The women in the Benkadi 5 group are all married and living in traditional families. They average 34 years of age with two children each. They all live in the village of Dioni in the Ségou region (Mali's fourth administrative region). They got to know each other through their winter farming activities, as neighbors, and through marriage and relatives in the village. They farm groundnut, millet and rice. With the aim of buying small materials, getting supplies of fertlizers for farming and paying for labor costs for hoeing the fields, the group members became acquainted with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second seasonal loan cycle.

Sitan, who is sitting on the far left of the photo, is planning to use her loan to buy seeds and fertlizers in Ségou, small materials from local blacksmiths and to pay young people to hoe her field. She sells her farming produce for cash at the end of the winter season so that she can repay her loan and make enough money to look after her children and also part of her family's needs.

In this group: Sitan, Fatoumata, Adiaratou, Fatoumata, Adiaratou, Batou, Alima, Aminata, Hawa, Yah

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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