A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy condiments.

Benkadi Group's story

The 10 members of the Benkadi group are married women, half of them living in polygamous families. On the average, they are 42 years of age, with six children. They all live in the village of Benzana in Segou region (the fourth administrative region of Mali) and know each other as neighbors and relatives as well as through their business activities in the village. They work as vendors selling condiments, firewood and charcoal. With the goal of bolstering their working capital, the group members have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second solidarity loan cycle. Mrs. Satou (the first women standing from left to right in the photo) plans to use her loan to buy five bags of onions, two baskets of tomatoes, a bag of garlic, and a large quantity of vegetable oil from her supplier in Segou. She sells for cash and on credit out of her home and on the street, to a customer base composed mainly of women. With this loan, Mrs. Satou hopes to achieve an average monthly revenue of 20,000 West African francs, which will be used to provide for some of her children’s needs and build up her working capital.

In this group: Batou, Bintou, Kadiatou, Aby, Nènè Bamady, Fadima, Nènè Karim, Djodo, Satou, Mariam*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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