A loan of $325 helped a member to purchase rice and vegetables for sauces to sell at her restaurant.

Benkan Group's story

The six women of the Benkan Group are married, living mostly in monogamous households. They have an average age of 37 years and an average of two children. They all live in the village of Diamberebougou in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They know one another through ties of vicinity, kinship and their businesses in the village. They are merchants of rice, "condiments" (vegetable-based sauces), soap, and millet. With the goal of increasing their financial capacity, the group decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso, and are on their first group loan cycle.

Minata (shown in the photo seated on the far right) is a restaurateur in the village of Diamberebougou. She intends to use her loan to purchase one sack of rice and vegetables to make sauces for her restaurant. She sells her platters of food at her restaurant and at the market to a mixed clientele. Minata hopes to earn an average monthly income of 10,000 Francs CFA with the help of this loan, which she will use to pay for her children's daily needs.

In this group: Minata, Sarata, Minata B., Marama, Maramou, Sitan

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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