A loan of $825 helped a member to buy food products.


Benkan Group's story

Made up exclusively of four married women, the members of the Benkan group live for the most part in traditional families, and are on average 35 years old and have two children. They all live in the city of Sikasso (3rd administrative region of Mali) and met each other through relatives, neighbors, and marriages. The group members sell cooking utensils, bananas, yams, and condiments. In the goal of increasing their business funds, the group members integrated Soro Yiriwaso and are on their sixth group loan. Mrs. Assan, on the left in the photo, sells tomatoes and Maggi cubes in this group of women. She plans to use her loan to buy two baskets of 50 kg of tomatoes and one box of 20 units of Maggi cubes. She stocks up in Sikasso. The sales are carried out at retail, for cash or credit, at home and at the market to a clientele composed mostly of women. She plans to earn an average monthly profit of 32,500 FCFA, which will be used to reinvest into her business and to help her husband with certain family expenses.

In this group: Assan , Afou , Maimouna A. , Maimouna

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sherry W.



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