A loan of $2,075 helped a member to purchase ingredients for her restaurant.

Benkadi Group's story

The women of the Benkadi group have an average age of 45 years and an average of 4 children each. They all live in traditional extended families in Kimparana, in the San area in the 4th administrative region of Mali. The women came to know each other through relatives and are in the business of purchasing and selling grains and cereals, and also in the restaurant business. After having fully repaid all of their previous loans, the women of Benkadi are now on their fourth group loan.

Mah, the first woman on the right in the photo, plans to use her loan to purchase 40 liters of oil, two 100-kg bags of rice, tubers, vegetables, and seasonings for her restaurant business. She stocks up in Kimparana and makes her sales to a customer base made up of men and women for cash and often for credit. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 60,000 francs CFA which she will use to pay expenses for health, food, clothing, and education costs, and the remainder to be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Astan , Djeneba , Assan , Awa , Mah
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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