A loan of $725 helped a member buy cooking oil.

Benkadi (Parler La Même Voie) Group's story

Benkadi is a group of women from the Hamdallaye Extension neighborhood in the city of Koutiala who live in large traditional families. They average 28 years of age, are married and have at least three children. This group of women sells various products such as fruit, vegetables, cosmetics and others.

To increase the size of their operations, the group members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their first group loan.

Maïmouna is a group member who is the second person sitting from left to right. She plans to use the loan to buy cans of oil. She gets her supplies from Koutiala. She then retails the oil for cash at home and at the market to a diversified clientele.

While other members of the Benkadi group expect to achieve an average profit of 60,000 each during this loan cycle, Ms. Maïmouna expects to achieve 65,000 CFA francs.

In addition to repaying the loans, they use some of the income to meet personal expenses and increase their stock-in-trade.

In this group: Maïmouna, Minata, Fatoumata, Minata, Djeneba, Fatoumata, Aminata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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