A loan of $1,225 helped a member buy condiments.

Benkadi Group's story

The four members of the BENKADI group are married women who on average are 39 years old with four children. Most of them live in monogamous families in Medine, one of the populous neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They are on their fourteenth loan with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution, to meet their customers' needs.

Ms. AWA, the first on the right, sells condiments. She intends to use her loan to buy about 30 1-kilo cans of tomato paste, 10 bags of 30 units each of Maggi cubes, one basket of pepper and one basket of Sounbala (ground, cooked, and fermented seeds used in cooking) she will sell retail for cash, at a fixed location in the market and assisted by family, to a clientele of women.

She plans to make an average monthly profit of 40,000 CFA francs, a portion of which will be used to pay the loan and its interest, and the remainder put into savings.

In this group: Mama , Sanata , Salimata , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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