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Benkadi Group
In this Group: Batou , Bintou , Kadiatou , Aby , Nènè Bamady , Fadima, Nènè Karim , Djodo , Satou , Mariam *
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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.
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Les 10 femmes du groupe Benkadi sont mariées à moitié polygames. Elles ont en moyenne 42 ans et 6 enfants. Elles habitent toutes dans le village de Benzana dans la région de Ségou (4ème Région administrative du Mali) et se sont connues à travers des liens de voisinage, de parenté et de leurs activités génératrices de revenu dans le village. Elles font le petit commerce de condiments, de bois de chauffe et de charbon de bois. Dans le but d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce, les membres du groupe ont décidé de collaborer avec Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 2ème cycle du prêt solidaire. Madame Satou (1ère femme debout de la gauche vers la droite dans la photo) compte utiliser son prêt pour acheter 5 sacs de d’oignon, 2 paniers de tomates, un sac d’ail, et une grande quantité de d’huile chez son fournisseur à Ségou. La revente se fait au comptant et à crédit à domicile et en ambulant à une clientèle composée majoritairement de femmes. Madame Satou espère réaliser un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 20 000 FCFA avec ce prêt, qui sera utilisé dans la prise en charge des besoins des enfants et pour augmenter son fond de commerce.

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Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 60
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $12,694,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 497.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD