A loan of $875 helped a member to pay for labor, agricultural inputs and seeds.


Benkadi 1 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 1 group are married women averaging 52 years of age, with five children. They all live in polygamous families in Nimprodioula, a village in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to better manage their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their sixth loan with Soro Yiriwaso; the prior loans have been duly repaid. The cultivate sweet peas, as is the case of Mrs. Sali Siaka. She is the second one standing from the left in the phooo. With her loan, she plans to pay for the cost of labor, seeds, and fertilizers for 0.5 ha [1.2 acres] of land. After harvesting, she sells her produce in her village and in Sikasso to a customer base composed of both men and women. She plans to earn an average revenue of 90,000 West African francs per agricultural campaign. This revenue will allow her to pay off her loan and also to help her husband with everyday expenses.

In this group: Maminata , Sali Siaka, Abi Karim , Adjani , Abi Sitafa, Korotoumou , Mamou , Sali , Diata , Anchata Aboudou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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