A loan of $525 helped a member to pay for plowing and to buy farm inputs and agricultural seeds.

Benkadi 3 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi 3 Group are married women who, on average, are 48 years old and have four children each. They are all living in polygamous families at Nimprodioula, a village in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their sixth loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid. Their crop is sweet peas.
Alimata (seated, far left) intends to use her loan to pay for plowing and to buy seed and fertilizer to maintain 0.5 hectares. The produce is sold at the village at Sikasso, after the harvest, to male and female customers. She expects to earn an average income of 80.000 f CFA per year. This income will allow her to repay her loan and help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Fatoumata, Ami, Kadia B, Kari, Rokia, Alimata M, Maimouna, Alimata, Anchata M, Niogo A

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Kristy Nguyen

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