A loan of $1,625 helped a member pay tilling costs, agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi I Group's story

The 10 members of the BENKADI I group are married women who average 45 years of age with six children, all living in polygamous families in Moussadjebougou, one of the villages in Ouelessebougou, second administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution, and the previous loan was repaid in full.

Fatoumata is the featured member, the first person sitting from left to right in the photo. She grows groundnuts.
With her ​​loan, she intends to buy inputs, seeds and pay tilling costs to maintain 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres).

Production is sold after harvest at village level and throughout Ouelessebougou, to a client base of resellers and consumers.
She expects to achieve an average profit of 195,000 FCFA per growing season.

The profits will enable her to reimburse her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Fatoumata , Djenebou , Ferima , Mai , Sali , Mariam , Samadje, Sanaba , Tenin , Fili

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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