A loan of $575 helped a member to buy small equipment and agricultural inputs and to pay the labourers for weeding their fields.


Benkadi 4 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 4 group are all married women who live in traditional families. They have an average age of 35 and, on average, 3 children. They all live in the village of Zankourabougou, in the Ségou region, the 4th administrative region of Mali. They got to know each other through their agricultural activities in the village, and thanks to neighbourly and family relationships and marriage. They grow groundnuts, millet and rice. The group members joined Soro Yiriwaso in order to be able to buy small equipment and agricultural inputs and to pay the labourers who weed their fields, and are on their 3rd group loan.

Aminata, standing on the left of the picture, plans to use her loan to buy seeds and agricultural inputs in Ségou, some small equipment from the local blacksmiths and to pay the young labourers to weed her field. At the end of the rainy season, her agricultural produce will be sold for cash so that she can repay her loan and have enough income to take care of her children and some of her family.

In this group: Aminata , Salimata , Sitan , Korotimi , Oumou , Kadia , Oumou Oumar, Tenin , Aya , Kadia

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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