A loan of $675 helped a member to pay for labor, agricultural inputs and seeds.

Benkadi Ii Group's story

The members of the Benkadi II group are married women averaging 41 years of age, with four children. They all live in polygamous families in N’Torla, 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, having duly repaid their prior loans. The grow rice, which is the case of Mrs. Wassa, for example. She is standing in the middle of the photo. With her loan, she plans to pay for the cost of labor, seeds and fertilizer to work 0.5 ha [1.2 acres] of land. After harvesting, she sells her produce at the village and in Sikasso, to a customer base composed of both men and women. She plans to earn an average monthly revenue of 50,000 West African francs per agricultural campaign. This revenue will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with everyday expenses.

In this group: Fatoumata, Djata, Wassa, Kia, Djenebou, Fatoumata, Awa, Dialia, Abi, Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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