A loan of $825 helped a member to purchase sets of children's clothing.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi Group is made up of four married women living mainly in polygamous households. They have an average age of 39 years and an average of five children. They all live in the neighborhood of Sabalibougou in the district of Bamako. They know one another through ties of vicinity, kinship and their businesses in the Sabalibougou market. The members of the group are merchants with small businesses selling vegetable sauces, clothing, plastic shoes, and firewood. In order to increase their business capital, the group has decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso and are currently on their first group loan cycle.

Kadiatou (shown in the photo sitting second from the right) sells clothing of all qualities and all ages. She plans to use this loan to buy 50 full sets of clothing for children in the general wholesale market. She then resells her merchandise for cash and on credit in Sabalibougou and by traveling to her clientele, which is composed mainly of women.

With this loan, Kadiatou hopes to earn an average monthly revenue of 40,000 Francs CFA. She will use her income to reinvest in her business and to pay for household necessities. Kadiatou's aim is to purchase a plot of land for her children to live on.

In this group: Kadiatou, Abi, Nana, Mariam

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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